Paperback ☆ Burma/Myanmar Epub ñ

Paperback  ☆ Burma/Myanmar  Epub ñ In the past two decades, BurmaMyanmar has become a frontpage 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 importantand legendarytheater 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 regimeBurmaMyanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know� 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 wideranging 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. Karen Karen 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


  2. ahkeno ahkeno says:

    “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
    ― George Orwell
    I 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


  3. SpaceBear SpaceBear 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 ab


  4. Chandni Chandni 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 o


  5. Sshelline Sshelline 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.


  6. Jaymee Jaymee 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.


  7. Aaron Aaron says:

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


  8. Patrick Patrick 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).


  9. Lucy Cruickshanks Lucy Cruickshanks says:

    The best introductory book I've found on Burma/Myanmar. Clearly and concisely written and structured in a Q&A 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


  10. Jhawn Jhawn says:

    With all the changes that have just recently taken place in Maynmar, it is hard not to feel like something is missing from this book. That said, it does provide a good background. The book takes the format of questions and answers, a format I normally don't like. But unlike sometimes where the answers skirt around the questions, this book doe


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