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Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know

Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know

by David I. Steinberg
     
 

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In the past two decades, Burma/Myanmar has occasionally become a front-page topic in newspapers across the world in times of crisis. This former British colony has one of the world's most secretive military authoritarian regimes, yet it houses a Nobel Peace Prize winner who has been in and out of house arrest. It has an ancient civilization that is mostly unknown

Overview

In the past two decades, Burma/Myanmar has occasionally become a front-page topic in newspapers across the world in times of crisis. This former British colony has one of the world's most secretive military authoritarian regimes, yet it houses a Nobel Peace Prize winner who has been in and out of house arrest. It has an ancient civilization that is mostly unknown to Westerners, yet it was an important-and legendary-theater in World War II. A picturesque land with mountain jungles and monsoon plains, it is extraordinarily ethnically diverse. The longest rebellion in the modern world still operates there. A large Buddhist monk population captured the attention of the West when it faced off against the regime. And it recently experienced one of the worst natural disasters in modern times. Strategically located, it is important in Chinese and Indian defense and economic considerations. Following a compelling and crystal-clear question-and-answer format, Burma/Myanmar:

What Everyone Needs to Know offers a concise introduction to this forbidding yet fascinating country. David I. Steinberg, one of the world's eminent authorities on the region, explains the current situation in detail yet contextualizes it in a wide-ranging survey of Burmese history and culture. Authoritative and balanced, it will be the standard work on Burma for the general reading public.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The title itself suggests the confusion we have about this troubled nation—Burma is the traditional name still used officially by the U.S. government, while most other nations have adopted Myanmar, as specified by the country itself. Whatever you call it, the country does matter to world stability because it occupies a key strategic and economic position between the rising powers of China and India. Steinberg (Asian studies, Sch. of Foreign Service, Georgetown Univ.) is well qualified to shed light in a balanced fashion on the complex issues that plague the country, including human rights, the role of Aung San Suu Kyi (who remains under house arrest), the continuing impacts of the Saffron Revolution in 2007 and Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the role of minorities, oil and gas prospects, international drug trafficking, and the growing influence of China. Its extended question-and-answer format makes this a handy quick reference source for those wanting to cut straight to the main points. VERDICT This is a top choice for students and those with a probing interest in world affairs. Whatever we call it, we are certain to be hearing more about this country. —Harold M. Otness, formerly with Southern Oregon Univ. Lib., Ashland
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"Steinberg (Asian studies, Sch. of Foreign Service, Georgetown Univ.) is well qualified to shed light in a balanced fashion on the complex issues that plague the country ... [The book's] extended question-and-answer format makes this a handy quick reference source for those wanting to cut straight to the main points. VERDICT This is a top choice for students and those with a probing interest in world affairs. Whatever we call it, we are certain to be hearing more about this country."--Library Journal

"[A] pointed briefing."--Foreign Affairs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195390681
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/05/2009
Series:
What Everyone Needs to Know Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

David I. Steinberg is Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

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