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BurmaMyanmar “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history” ― George OrwellI am rises and born Burmese around Military government eraThe history we have been taught are not the history we had We used to pray god harder how we have been born poor We used to donate whenever tragedy happenedspecially like 2008 nargis cyclone but we haven't prepare warning and educated enough to prevent the natural disasterThere were lot of history I haven't know as Burmese and I am uiet astonish the facts of most resourceful country became the world poorest country in the world I wish most of Burmese specially young kids should read this book of where do we come from and what made us and how we build up our nation without repeating same failure we had last century I was hoping for something that showed Burma up close but this book seems to have been written from afar digging little deeper than a college level essay written from materials found in the campus library Steinberg certainly has domain expertise but this book came across as sterile and shallow An very comprehensive look at Burma in terms of culture history politics and its present transformation Because of the massive scope of this work it is necessarily broad However it is the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to better understand the nature of the Burmese regime and knows little or nothing about the country Great for the academic or non academic to use as a starting point on Burma Good introduction to the political history of BurmaMyanmar Particularly fascinating to see the role and centrality of Buddhist philosophy or what it is interpreted to be in Burmese polity A big downside is constant repetition within and between chapters which takes away from narrative flow An update with a commentary on the current political regime would be a valuable addition Good for the info but the construction is all over the place A good primer very easy to follow But the forced optimism is off putting; you can feel the author himself doesn't uite believe his positive predictions for the country's future I felt that he could have just stayed neutral instead of putting up false optimism for his readers In the past two decades BurmaMyanmar has become a front page topic in newspapers across the world This former British colony has one of the most secretive corrupt and repressive regimes on the planet yet it houses a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is and in and out of house arrest It has an ancient civilization that is mostly unknown to Westerners yet it was an important and legendary theater in World War II A picturesue land with mountain jungles and monsoon plains it is one of the world's largest producers of heroin It has a restive Buddhist monk population that has captured the attention of the west when it faced off against the regime And it recently experienced one of the worst natural disasters in modern times one effect of which was to lay bare the manifold injustices and cruelties of the regimeBurmaMyanmar What Everyone Needs to Know offers a concise synthesis of this forbidding yet fascinating country David Steinberg one of the world's eminent authorities on the region explains the current situation in detail yet contextualizes it in a wide ranging survey of Burmese history and culture Authoritative and balanced it will be standard work on Burma for the general reading public'What Everyone Needs to Know' is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press A very good and very current overview of the current political situation in Myanmar Covers the past context with its largest section looking firmly at events since the 1988 coup Balanced in its opinions and discusses why the current sanction and embargo the crap out of them approach isn't working and hasn't ever workedThe book is a uick read for a dry topic and is organized in chapters chronologically with each chapter divided into sections addressing different uestions How does Burmese history relate to contemporary events? and What is the status of the cease fires with minority insurrections in Myanmar? The format leads to some repetition as the answers to some uestions necessarily overlap Steinberg states early on that he doesn't intend for people to read it straight through although I did but to treat it as a reference to answer specific uestionsGreat reading for anyone who wants to know about the situation in Myanmar and who wants a balanced opinion than the standard mantra Generals Bad; Aung San Suu Kyi Good or the even misleading Generals Good Aung San Suu Kyi Chaos view that the current government espouses The best introductory book I've found on BurmaMyanmar Clearly and concisely written and structured in a A style it's great for flicking through and finding information about specific issues in an extremely uick and accessible way Critically it also provides balanced opinions presenting information as much less black and white than many commentaries Instead it acknowledges the complications in society that drive and prevent progress without passing judgement explicitly If you're looking for in depth analysis this book won’t satisfy but if you want to know the basics historical religious social cultural and political and why they matter internally regionally and globally today it is an excellent place to startThe suggested reading at the back of the book is a goldmine too for anyone looking to investigate deeper Would highly recommend With all the changes that have just recently taken place in Maynmar it is hard not to feel like something is missing from this book That said it does provide a good background The book takes the format of uestions and answers a format I normally don't like But unlike sometimes where the answers skirt around the uestions this book doesn't The uestions are provided by the author who then proceeds to answer them Anyone who is interested with MayanmarBurma would do well to read this book

  • Paperback
  • 217 pages
  • BurmaMyanmar
  • David I. Steinberg
  • English
  • 22 December 2016
  • 9780195390681

About the Author: David I. Steinberg

David Isaac Steinberg is an American historian and educator He is currently Distinguished Professor and Director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University a position he has held since 1997 Throughout his career Professor Steinberg has primarily specialised in the study of Korean and Burmese history