Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads

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The first major book on the contemporary situation in Burma -- at a fascinating time of fast-moving change in the country.
     For more than 50 years, Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world. Accused of crimes against humanity, they have brutally mistreated their people.

     Yet in the last couple of years, and in spite of sham elections, the pace...

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Overview

The first major book on the contemporary situation in Burma -- at a fascinating time of fast-moving change in the country.
     For more than 50 years, Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world. Accused of crimes against humanity, they have brutally mistreated their people.

     Yet in the last couple of years, and in spite of sham elections, the pace of change has been breathtaking. Much is now hoped for. However, Burma is one of the most ethnically diverse nations in SE Asia: there are roughly seven major ethnic groups living along its borders. They have a long history of conflict with the government and have been cruelly treated by the current regime. Their future affects the country as a whole, as Benedict Rogers explains. Drawing heavily on his many fact-finding visits both inside Burma and along its frontiers, he gives a unique appraisal of the current ethnic situation and its implications for the nation as a whole.

     Wide-ranging, expertly researched, and full of brand new accounts of the courage and determination of the Burmese people, Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads explains the country's conflicted history, as well as its contemporary struggle for justice. Burma stands poised for freedom, or for further repression. No one can be sure. This fascinating and accessible book describes what is really happening inside this beautiful, secretive, and potentially prosperous country.

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 • "An important introduction to Burma... comprehensive, vivid and powerful." --Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846043468
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,256,237
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

BENEDICT ROGERS is a writer and human rights advocate specialising in Asia. Based in London, he's a regular contributor to the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and The New York Times, and has given briefings and speeches at Oxford University, the LSE, the White House, US Congress, European Parliament, and other venues. Focused on Burma for much of the past 15 years, he has travelled almost 40 times to the country and all of its borders. Previous books include Than Shwe: unmasking Burma's tyrant and A Land Without Evil: stopping the genocide of Burma's Karen people.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Map of Burma xii

Author's Note xiii

Glossary xiv

Foreword The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu xvi

Introduction xvii

1 From Rice Bowl to Basket Case 1

2 Cry Freedom 19

3 A Campaign of Brutality in the East 49

4 A Silent Cry in the North 84

5 A Cross to Bear in the West 104

6 A Stateless People 127

7 Defectors, Deserters and Child Soldiers 139

8 The Torture Chambers 148

9 Bloody Spots and Discarded Flip-Flops: The Saffron Revolution 172

10 Cyclone Nargis 189

11 Out of Uniform but Still in Power 204

12 The Future? 218

Notes 229

Bibliography 249

Further Information 255

Index 261

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