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Burma/Myanmar summary Burma/Myanmar , series Burma/Myanmar , book Burma/Myanmar , pdf Burma/Myanmar , Burma/Myanmar fc89d34442 In The Past Two Decades, Burma Myanmar Has Become A Front Page Topic In Newspapers Across The World This Former British Colony Has One Of The Most Secretive, Corrupt, And Repressive Regimes On The Planet, Yet It Houses A Nobel Peace Prize Winner Who Is And 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 One Of The World S Largest Producers Of Heroin It Has A Restive Buddhist Monk Population That Has 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, One Effect Of Which Was To Lay Bare The Manifold Injustices And Cruelties Of The Regime Burma Myanmar What Everyone Needs To Know R Offers A Concise Synthesis Of This Forbidding Yet Fascinating Country David 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 Standard Work On Burma For The General Reading Public What Everyone Needs To Know Is A Registered Trademark Of Oxford University Press


10 thoughts on “Burma/Myanmar

  1. says:

    To be honest, I knew nothing about Myanmar before I read this book, I was able to get a feel for some of the problems that face the country The reason that I didn t rate this book higher is because I didn t like the style The author set forth questions, and then answered them The problem with this is that the answers were repetitive, and I found myself becoming very bored So, what did I learn Myanmar is very similar to North Korea in my estimation The military rules the nation, and will not allow any other political entities Every aspect of the country is ruled by the military, and it does not have any checks or balances by the judiciary or legislature Buddhism is the main religion, yet the military has tight control over it The people are poor and social reform is very low on the government s list Myanmar is terrified of Foreign intervention and criticism, and yet most worrisome is that they are friendly with China.


  2. says:

    The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history George OrwellI am rises and born Burmese around Military government era.The history we have been taught are not the history we had We used to pray god harder how we have been born poor We used to donate whenever tragedy happened,specially like 2008 nargis cyclone but we haven t prepare , warning and educated enough to prevent the natural disaster.There were lot of history I haven t know as Burmese and I am quiet astonish the facts of most resourceful country became the world poorest country in the world I wish most of Burmese specially young kids should read this book of where do we come from and what made us and how we build up our nation without repeating same failure we had last century


  3. says:

    An very comprehensive look at Burma, in terms of culture, history, politics and its present transformation Because of the massive scope of this work, it is necessarily broad However it is the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to better understand the nature of the Burmese regime, and knows little or nothing about the country Great for the academic or non academic to use as a starting point on Burma.


  4. says:

    Good introduction to the political history of Burma Myanmar Particularly fascinating to see the role and centrality of Buddhist philosophy or what it is interpreted to be in Burmese polity A big downside is constant repetition within and between chapters which takes away from narrative flow An update with a commentary on the current political regime would be a valuable addition


  5. says:

    A good primer, very easy to follow But the forced optimism is off putting you can feel the author himself doesn t quite believe his positive predictions for the country s future I felt that he could have just stayed neutral instead of putting up false optimism for his readers.


  6. says:

    I was hoping for something that showed Burma up close, but this book seems to have been written from afar, digging little deeper than a college level essay written from materials found in the campus library Steinberg certainly has domain expertise, but this book came across as sterile and shallow.


  7. says:

    Good for the info, but the construction is all over the place.


  8. says:

    A very good and very current overview of the current political situation in Myanmar Covers the past context, with its largest section looking firmly at events since the 1988 coup Balanced in its opinions and discusses why the current sanction and embargo the crap out of them approach isn t working and hasn t ever worked.The book is a quick read for a dry topic, and is organized in chapters chronologically, with each chapter divided into sections addressing different questions How does Burmese history relate to contemporary events and What is the status of the cease fires with minority insurrections in Myanmar The format leads to some repetition, as the answers to some questions necessarily overlap Steinberg states early on that he doesn t intend for people to read it straight through although I did , but to treat it as a reference to answer specific questions.Great reading for anyone who wants to know about the situation in Myanmar, and who wants a balanced opinion than the standard mantra Generals Bad Aung San Suu Kyi Good or the even misleading Generals Good Aung San Suu Kyi Chaos view that the current government espouses.


  9. says:

    The best introductory book I ve found on Burma Myanmar Clearly and concisely written and structured in a QA style, it s great for flicking through and finding information about specific issues in an extremely quick and accessible way Critically, it also provides balanced opinions, presenting information as much less black and white than many commentaries Instead it acknowledges the complications in society that drive and prevent progress, without passing judgement explicitly.If you re looking for in depth analysis, this book won t satisfy, but if you want to know the basics historical, religious, social, cultural and political and why they matter internally, regionally and globally today, it is an excellent place to start.The suggested reading at the back of the book is a goldmine, too, for anyone looking to investigate deeper Would highly recommend.


  10. says:

    This book is insightful and it is clear that Steinberg is an expert on Burma The book is structured by means of QA Due to this choice of structuring and the author s very extensive answers full of small facts the book reads difficult than necessary, in my opinion Also, the book is partly outdated because it was written when the country was still very closed off and Aung Sun Suu Kyi was still under house arrest.If you re looking for a factual representation of Burmese history with socio political observations, this is a good book For the laid back reader or holiday enthousiast I suggest reading other books.


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