Burma (Myanmar)


Living under strict military rule, the people of Burma (Myanmar) have experienced years of unrest and hardship. Opposition to the government is brutally rejected, while human rights abuses cause worldwide concern.

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Living under strict military rule, the people of Burma (Myanmar) have experienced years of unrest and hardship. Opposition to the government is brutally rejected, while human rights abuses cause worldwide concern.

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Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
A country with two names? Students will want to know what is up with that! This book effectively makes the tiny, poverty-stricken country of Burma (Myanmar) more accessible to today's upper elementary and middle school reader. Targeted at those at or above the fourth grade, this visually attractive book helps explain the history behind this dictatorial nation in a news-like format, using short paragraphs, maps, and numerous sidebars. The book clearly explains the politics behind this country with two names. Long ruled by others, including Britain from 1885 to 1937 and Japan during World War II, the country's military took control of the country in 1962 after a series of civil wars. Sadly, this did not mean better times for Burma's people. Instead, it has meant brutal treatment for the country's numerous minorities (up to one-third of the population) and oppression of the country's pro-democracy leaders and demonstrators. Some readers may be familiar with the decades-long house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Her successful election by the people, which the ruling military party has refused to acknowledge, has led to the country's two names. Those opposed to the country's military rule call the country Burma; the country's rulers and those supporting them call it Myanmar. Part of a twelve-title "Global Hot Spots" series, this nonfiction title includes a glossary, index, and fact page summarizing Burma's geography, demographics, and economy. Balanced in its approach, including quotes from a variety of sources, this would be a great resource for any social studies, current events, or history unit. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761447580
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Series: Global Hotspots Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Always in The News 4

Early History 6

Burma Under British Rule 8

Conquered By Japan 10

Independent Burma 12

The Armed Forces Take Over 14

One-Party State 16

Years of Failure 18

The People Protest 20

Election Triumph 22

Burma Under The Army 24

Upheavals: 2003-2007 26

Hot Spot Burma 28

Find Out More 30

Glossary 31

Index 32

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