The Curse of Independence
- ISBN: 9780745315461
- Extent: 304pp
- Release Date: 20 Sep 2001
- Size: 215mm x 135mm
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: 5 maps/16 photos
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- Category: History
'Tucker is endlessly fascinating and well-informed on this little known region of Asia where the end of A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh elides surreally into Paul Theroux's Mosquito Coast.' Times Literary Supplement
'Written with fluency and verve, the book has to be regarded as a standard work and is indispensable for understanding the travails of modern Burma.' John McEnery, author of Epilogue in Burma
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.
About The Author
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.