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The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century

The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century (Hardback)

By Myint-U, Thant

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Less than a decade ago, the world cheered as a dictatorship crumbled and internationally beloved Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi emerged from twenty years of house arrest. Yet just three years after her landslide victory at the polls, the country stands accused of war crimes and ...the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims. As an historian, former diplomat, and presidential advisor, Thant Myint-U was part of the momentous changes that pulled Burma toward democracy, working with the ex- generals and meeting many of the country's biggest supporters, from Bono to Barack Obama. Yet no one was prepared to Burma's underlying challenges, from fast- rising inequality, disintegrating state institutions, and the impacts of climate change, to the rise of China next door and the issues of race, religion, and national identity deeply rooted in the country's traumatic colonial past. In this riveting insider's diagnosis of a country in crisis, Myint-U challenges the black- and- white morality tales that have never fit the realities of Burma.
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ISBN 9781324003298
Released NZ 12 Nov 2019
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781324003298
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Released 12 Nov 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Myint-U, Thant
Category Area / Regional Studies
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Political Structures: Democracy
Travel & Holiday Guides
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 959.1053
Weight 530g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Burma - Politics and government - 1988-, Burma - Social conditions - 1988-, Burma - History - 1988-
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade