(Article of book - 1998)

Document title

The 1988 uprising in Burma

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Dr. Maung Maung was elected president of the Union of Burma on August 18, 1988, at the height of the civil unrest against the socialist regime established in 1962 by General Ne Win. The A’s account, whose presidency lasted only one month, is a very personal interpretation of an historical moment in Burmese history. During World War II he served in the resistance and was involved at the birth of the army. He saw it as an instrument of service and an opportunity for the young to mature into responsible citizens. He later served as teacher and researcher and was attorney general in the caretaker government led by General Ne Win. He admits the failure of the economic system of socialism as practice by the post-1962 government, and recognizes that ordinary people were justified in demanding change in 1988. The upheaval finally led to total control of Burma by the army. - (GL)



Published at : Collection Yale Southeast Asia studies

Editor : Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, New Haven - ETATS-UNIS (1998)

Millesime : 1998, vol. 49  [285 p.]

Collation : index



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