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Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know
     

Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know

by David Steinberg
 

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No country in Asia in recent years has undergone so massive a political shift in so short a time as Myanmar. Until recently, the former British colony had one of the most secretive, corrupt, and repressive regimes on the planet, a country where Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was held in continual house arrest and human rights were denied to nearly all.

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No country in Asia in recent years has undergone so massive a political shift in so short a time as Myanmar. Until recently, the former British colony had one of the most secretive, corrupt, and repressive regimes on the planet, a country where Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was held in continual house arrest and human rights were denied to nearly all. Yet events in Myanmar since the elections of November 2010 have profoundly altered the internal mood of the society, and have surprised even Burmese and seasoned foreign observers of the Myanmar scene. The pessimism that pervaded the society prior to the elections, and the results of that voting that prompted many foreign observers to call them a "sham" or "fraud," gradually gave way to the realization that positive change was in the air.

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"[A] pointed briefing."—Foreign Affairs

"Steinberg 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199981687
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/12/2013
Series:
What Everyone Needs to Know Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
717,076
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

David I. Steinberg is a specialist on Burma/Myanmar, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and U.S. Policy on Asia. He is Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

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