The State in Myanmar

By: Robert H. Taylor

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Statecraft in Myanmar, previously referred to as Burma, has a lineage going back ten centuries or more. While the state today is expected to provide many other services for a vastly larger population than were its pre-modern predecessors, its basic functions of maintaining social order, controlling economic distribution, and ensuring the perpetuation of itself and its elite managers, remain much the same. The tools available now to do so may be different, and the challenges it faces may have grown, but the issues it addresses would be familiar to the predecessors of the modern rulers of Myanmar. Myanmar, with an estimated population of about 55 million, the 24th largest country in the world, is larger than England. With a territory as big as Texas, it is wedged between the two of the oldest civilisations and now dynamic economies on the globe, India and China. Having been influenced by both India and China for centuries, Myanmar has developed its own cultural distinctiveness in contrast with its near neighbours in South East Asia, especially Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Once governed as a British Indian province, Myanmar emerged from the colonial era and the Second World War an economically devastated but strongly nationalistic socialist state. Riven since independence by armed ethnic and ideological conflicts that lasted most of the years between 1948 and the 1990s when ceasefire agreements were reached with multiple insurgent armies, Myanmar’s little studied politics contain elements common to many countries. However, in few have the complexity of forces, historical and contemporary, religious and secular, foreign and indigenous, come together in one place to create so many little understood, and seemingly irresolvable, political issues. The State in Myanmar attempts to draw the complex history of state making and state perpetuation in Myanmar into one volume. The social and economic forces, as well as international and domestic issues, which have made Myanmar one of the poorest and least understood Asian countries, are discussed in this volume. The efforts of Myanmar’s kings, British colonial officials, nationalist politicians, socialist ideologues, and army generals to preserve the state in Myanmar is a history worth attempting to understand on its own terms. Contents Glossary Abbreviations Preface and Acknowledgements to The State in Myanmar Preface and Acknowledgements to The State in Burma Introduction 1. The Pre-colonial State 2. The Rationalisation of the State, 1825-1942 3. Polities undet the Rationalised State, 1886-1942 4. The Displacement of the State, 1942-1962 5. Reasserting the State, 1962-1987 6. The State Redux, 1988-2008 Addendum: The Third Constitution of the State in Myanmar Bibliography pre-1988 Bibliography post-1988 Index. Printed Pages: 580.

Title: The State in Myanmar

Author Name: Robert H. Taylor

Categories: Myanmar (Burma), History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, UK, Hurst & Company:

ISBN: 1850658935

ISBN 13: 9781850658931

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Seller ID: 027198

Keywords: Myanmar Burma