A History of Modern Burma

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 22, 2009 - History - 241 pages
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Burma has lived under military rule for nearly half a century. The results of its 1990 elections were never recognized by the ruling junta and Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma's pro-democracy movement, was denied her victory. She has been under housearrest ever since. Now an economic satellite and political dependent of the People's Republic of China, Burma is at a crossroads. Will it become another North Korea, will it succumb to China's political embrace or will the people prevail? Michael Charney's book -the first general history of modern Burma in over five decades - traces the highs and lows of Burma's history from its pre-colonial past to the "Saffron Revolution" of 2007. By exploring key themes such as the political division between lowland and highland Burma and monastic opposition to state control, the author explains the forces that have made the country what it is today.

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User Review  - Daniel Simmons - Goodreads

A serviceable, dispassionately written historical account -- a good reference for scholars looking for a objective overview of recent Burmese history. Read full review

Review: A History of Modern Burma

User Review  - Leon Braun - Goodreads

A good, solid, even-handed history that does what it sets out to do. I would've appreciated some pre-colonial history, especially of the various wars with Thailand/Siam, and perhaps a deeper treatment ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Michael W. Charney is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His previous publications include Powerful Learning: Buddhist Literati and the Throne in Burma's Last Dynasty, 1752-1885 (2006) and Southeast Asian Warfare, 1300-1900 (2004).

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