Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know

Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know

by David Steinberg

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Overview

No country in Asia in recent years has undergone so massive a political shift in so short a time as Myanmar. Until recently, the former British colony had one of the most secretive, corrupt, and repressive regimes on the planet, a country where Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was held in continual house arrest and human rights were denied to nearly all. Yet events in Myanmar since the elections of November 2010 have profoundly altered the internal mood of the society, and have surprised even Burmese and seasoned foreign observers of the Myanmar scene. The pessimism that pervaded the society prior to the elections, and the results of that voting that prompted many foreign observers to call them a "sham" or "fraud," gradually gave way to the realization that positive change was in the air.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199981687
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/12/2013
Series: What Everyone Needs to Know Series
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 628,405
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David I. Steinberg is a specialist on Burma/Myanmar, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and U.S. Policy on Asia. He is Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Crises That Are Burma/Myanmar
2. Important Residues from the Precolonial Period
3. The Colonial Era's Importance in Understanding Burma/Myanmar Today
4. Independence and the Civilian Government (1948-1962)
5. The Military Coup, the Socialist Period (1962-1988), and the Perpetuation of Military Rule
6. The SLORC/SPDC Era (1988-Present)
7. The Nature of Burmese Politics
8. Issues in Myanmar's Future
9. The Process of Positive Change
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