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Introduction 1. The Crises That Are Burma/Myanmar 2. Important Residues from the Precolonial Period 3. The Colonial Era's Importance in Understanding Burma/Myanmar Today 4. Independence and the Civilian Government (1948-1962) 5. The Military Coup, the Socialist Period (1962-1988), and the Perpetuation of Military Rule 6. The SLORC/SPDC Era (1988-Present) 7. The Nature of Burmese Politics 8. Issues in Myanmar's Future 9. The Process of Positive Change Coda

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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.


"[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

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