The State in Myanmar

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By Robert H. Taylor

The State in Myanmar is a totally revised and expanded and updated version of the author's 1987 publication, with additional chapters covering the last twenty years of Myanmar's political history. It attempts to explain the country's current politics in the light of the historical evolution of state-society relations in Myanmar since the pre-colonial kings, through the colonial era to the current, and third, post-colonial regime in this strategically important and little studied South East Asian nation.

The book explains the dramatic and unpredicted collapse of the previous socialist regime and the attempts by new and old political forces to wrest control of the state from a revitalised and increasingly confident military government. Myanmar's state-builders have applied varying ideas in their attempts to fashion a stable political order in an often fractious and far from unified nation and The State in Myanmar places those experiences in comparative perspective.

Robert H. Taylor has since 2000 been Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, SOAS, and a Visiting Professor in International Affairs at Buckingham, as well as having served as a consultant to the oil and gas industry and the European Commission.

Publication Year: 2009
540 pages, 229mm x 153mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-466-1, Paperback

NUS Press