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Burma ReduxGlobal Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar$
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Ian Holliday

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161275

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161275.001.0001

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Dominion and dissent

Dominion and dissent

(p.41) 2 Dominion and dissent
Burma Redux

Ian Holliday

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the prehistory of modern Myanmar in independent Burma from 1948 to 1988. The period saw political leaders fail at the task of guiding the ship of state they needed to build a nation to provide ballast and stability. It looks first at democratic Burma from 1948 to 1962; second at revolutionary Burma from 1962 to 1974; third at socialist Burma from 1974 to 1988; and finally at Burma in revolt in 1988. It argues that the campaign for dominion that properly exercised the political class was pursued so aggressively by governing elites that far from unifying the nation in the state, it ultimately had the opposite effect of provoking widespread dissent and triggering both regime collapse and still greater social dislocation.

Keywords:   Burma, Myanmar, independence, democracy, revolutionary government, socialism, revolt, social dislocation

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