Than Shwe's Burma

Overview

Than Shwe was part of a military coup that took over Burma in the 1960s. The British had granted Burma independence in 1948, but the country, with its many ethnic groups, had trouble building a democratic government. Than Shwe rose through the military ranks, and after the army stepped in to quell demonstrations and riots that began on August 8, 1988, he emerged as head of the military council. He became one of the most secretive and repressive leaders in the world. Than Shwe uses Burma's resources to finance a ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $34.63   
  • Used (3) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$34.63
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(23415)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
BRAND NEW

Ships from: Avenel, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Than Shwe was part of a military coup that took over Burma in the 1960s. The British had granted Burma independence in 1948, but the country, with its many ethnic groups, had trouble building a democratic government. Than Shwe rose through the military ranks, and after the army stepped in to quell demonstrations and riots that began on August 8, 1988, he emerged as head of the military council. He became one of the most secretive and repressive leaders in the world. Than Shwe uses Burma's resources to finance a strong military. To suppress dissent, his soldiers destroy the countryside, sending people into hiding, refugee camps, or slavery. His control has isolated the country from international observers. In 2007, Internet images of monks being beaten during a protest rally reached the rest of the world. This was followed by reports in 2008 of a devastating cyclone, when Than Shwe banned outside aid for weeks. Both events helped to raise global awareness about the human rights abuses suffered by the Burmese people. In Than Shwe's Burma, learn more about this dictatorship and about Burma's long struggle to become a free nation.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula K. Zeller
Burmese ruler Than Shwe's reign of violence and oppression has earned him the number-four spot in Parade Magazine's 2009 "World's Worst Dictators" list. This book, a well-researched addition to Twenty-First Century Books' "Dictatorships" series, traces the historical, political and religious contexts surrounding Than Shwe's rise to power, then continues through his government's meager response to the 2008 cyclone that killed many tens of thousands and affected over two million more. Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for much of the past two decades, is appropriately prominent in this book. The chapter "What Next for Burma?" describes how the country's complex ethnic and political realities make for a future as precarious as its present. Diane Zahler's writing is straightforward and clear. Potentially unfamiliar words, such as "martial law" and "ethnic cleansing," are succinctly defined within the text. Adding even more weight to this presentation of the Burmese people's plight are primary source quotes and eye-opening sidebars. Relevant black-and-white and color photographs appear throughout the text; in a nod to our times, these include a photo of Angelina Jolie distributing balls to children at a refugee camp. Backmatter includes mini-biographies of key figures, a timeline, a glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, a list of suggested books and websites, and an index. Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Burma (or Myanmar, as it has been renamed by the governing junta) is one of the most closed societies in the world. Than Shwe came to power after the explosive uprisings of 1988 and has largely managed to keep foreigners out. Unlike ideological dictators, he has no agenda other than maintaining close control over the country and the citizenry through oppressive measures covering everything from the distribution of food to travel from one village to another. Zahler outlines the nation's history and ably depicts life under Than Shwe's regime. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the pro-democracy movement, receives almost as much attention as Than Shwe. A Who's Who lists major figures mentioned in the text, and sidebars cover topics like Burmese prisons, torture, and the black market. Full-color and black-and-white photos appear throughout. A useful volume, especially given Myanmar's recent coverage in the media.—Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822590972
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Dictatorships Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Zahler studied medieval history in college. She has written books covering history, language arts, and literature. She is the co-author of Test Your Cultural Literary and the author of The Twenty-First Century Guide to Improving Your Writing and The Black Death.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)