Burma: The Curse of Independence

 
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The Burmese Civil War began twelve weeks after Britain granted Burma independence in 1948 and has continued ever since. Shelby Tucker defines the war's core causes for readers new to the subject or baffled by its complexities and shows how a well disciplined army of a wealthy colony was transformed into a ruthless instrument of an impoverished autocracy.

Tucker draws on his experience as a trial lawyer to appraise afresh the murder of Aung San, and argues that the military goverment is the leading player in the country's flouriching drugs trade. Media emphasis on the junta's record of human rights abuse, he suggests, tends to obscure a strategic interest in ending the trade shared by all major powers

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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.

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'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

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