Burma: Curse of Independence

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Pluto Press, Sep 20, 2001 - History - 282 pages
Burma offers the first up-to-date overview and understanding of Burma’s tragic armed conflict in the twentieth century. Examining the ‘causes’ of the war, Shelby Tucker traces the political development of the country from the occupations by the British and Japanese and eventual independence in 1942, through the army coup of 1962 led by Ne Win, which established an authoritarian state, to the pro-democracy movement of the late 1980s. Tucker examines Burma’s drug trade; scrutinises Burma’s civil rights record; examines the role of the Nationalist leader Aung Seng, who attempted to unite the various sections of the population; the impact of Seng’s assassination and subsequent power struggles; and considers the future for a government faced with armed opposition from separatist movements among the ethnic minorities of Burma’s regions.

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The book is more like a novel written by an unhappy colonial sympathiser. The book downplays on the greatness and achievements of Burmans and the fact the Burmans were humiliated by being dragged into British Indian Empire and not even a separate crown colony.
All in all, this is an extremely subjective book that is not worth reading.


The Burmese Void
Geography and Ethnicity
British vs Japanese Lineup
We Burmans
Aung San Triumphant
A Heros Death
The Narcocrats
The Kleptocrats
Whither Burma?
Chronological Guide to the Burmese Civil War
Annotated Bibliography

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Shelby Tucker has travelled widely in Burma researching this book. During his time in the country he was captured by the Burmese Communist Party and interviewed most of the leaders of Burma's ethnic insurgents. He read law at Oxford University, and he is also the author of Among Insurgents: Walking Through Burma.

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