A History of Modern Burma

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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 colonial past to the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and, by exploring key themes, explains the forces that have made the country what it is today.
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"An excellent work that deals with the period from the annexation of Upper Burma by the British in 1886 until the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. The focus is on the period from the 1930s, as self-government was gained in 1937. Charney, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at SOAS, is well-qualified to write this work and he offers a careful account, one that is particularly nuanced in its coverage of the civil conflict and totalitarianism of recent years. What would be welcome is a similar work by Charney on Burmese history as a whole." - The Historian

"This is an incredibly valuable history. In straightforward prose, Charney, a senior historian of pre-modern and modern Burma (Univ. of London), presents a thorough overview of Burmese history with a primary focus on the unfolding of events since independence in 1948.... Charney's narrative is clear, expeditious, and a great resource and reference for anyone interested in this period.... Essential." - Choice

"Those seeking a brisk, yet comprehensive, overview of the modern political history of this fascinating and complex country at last have an adequate reference book." - ASEAUK News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521617581
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 806,613
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Charney is Project Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo and Reader in Southeast Asian and Imperial History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Professor Charney is a historian of empire, technology and culture, whose research focuses on Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular attention to Burma/Myanmar, Tanzania and Ghana.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1

1 Burma under colonial rule 5

2 The colonial center 18

3 Self-government without independence, 1937-1947 46

4 The democratic experiment, 1948-1958 72

5 Dress rehearsals, 1958-1962 93

6 The Revolutionary Council 107

7 The BSPP years 133

8 Toward democracy, 1988-1990 148

9 Perpetual delay, 1990 to the present 170

Conclusion 201

Notes 208

Readings 230

Index 234

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