Burma : The Curse of Independence Paperback / softback
This book is an 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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pluto Press
- Publication Date: 07/09/2001
- Category: Regional studies
- ISBN: 9780745315416