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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 12 nov. 2019 - 320 pagina's
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A New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2019
A Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2020

“An urgent book.” —Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

During a century of colonialism, Burma was plundered for its natural resources and remade as a racial hierarchy. Over decades of dictatorship, it suffered civil war, repression, and deep poverty. Today, Burma faces a mountain of challenges: crony capitalism, exploding inequality, rising ethnonationalism, extreme racial violence, climate change, multibillion dollar criminal networks, and the power of China next door. Thant Myint-U shows how the country’s past shapes its recent and almost unbelievable attempt to create a new democracy in the heart of Asia, and helps to answer the big questions: Can this multicultural country of 55 million succeed? And what does Burma’s story really tell us about the most critical issues of our time?

 

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

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How did Burma’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi go from Nobel Peace Prize laureate to figurehead for a regime accused of genocide? Former UN diplomat Thant (Where China Meets Asia), offers a lucid ... Volledige review lezen

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A Note on Burmese Names
NEW WORLD
CHANGING LANES
DRIFTING TO DYSTOPIA
TEMPEST
BLOOD AND BELONGING
VIRTUAL TRANSITIONS
UNFINISHED NATION
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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Thant Myint-U is an award-winning writer, historian, and conservationist. He lives in Rangoon, where he currently heads U Thant House and the Yangon Heritage Trust.

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