For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Burma's Path to Democracy
The Military, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya
  • TinTin Delphin
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Burma's Path to Democracy. The Military, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya
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Burma is a country in transition: from monarchy to British colony, from independence to military dictatorships, and from the Generals to the Lady, Aung San Suu Kyi. This book traces one of the longest civil wars in history. It's about the Rohingya, one of the most persecuted people on earth. It's about pro-democracy uprisings, about sacrifice, and above all, the human resilience and capacity for hope. The book is based on true events and provides unique firsthand insights into key players in this enigmatic and troubled nation.

About the Author

Author TinTin Delphin is uniquely positioned to share the facts and human details of the past 70 dramatic years in Burma. The prominent position of the author’s uncle and his political involvement with Burma’s military dictators and government leaders provide an insightful perspective into their characters, mindsets and personal lives.

The author’s bi-cultural and bi-racial background offers both Eastern and Western viewpoints. Her personal experience having lived under a military junta enfolds the pages with a deep empathy and compassion for the people’s struggle against tyranny and their sacrifice for freedom and justice.

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Burma's Path to Democracy is a first-hand narrative of five decades of military dictatorship based on real life experiences and close personal relationships with the top level inner circle of Tatmadaw, the military regime. People like...

Burma's Path to Democracy is a first-hand narrative of five decades of military dictatorship based on real life experiences and close personal relationships with the top level inner circle of Tatmadaw, the military regime. People like retired Brigadier General Aung Gyi firmly stood up for their principles against the monopoly of power and authoritarian military control.

Here, a member of his own family recounts the dramatic moments when the Generals' coup was set in motion, and she follows through with a history of all that has unfolded since. TinTin Delphin also chronicles the rise of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and international human rights icon who campaigned for democracy and human rights in the name of nonviolence. Once, she preached the virtues of nonviolent resistance against a military dictatorship, but now she has turned a blind eye to the mass killing, rape and shocking scale of human rights abuses by the military against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

This is a story of the Burmese people's extraordinary courage, tireless dedication, endless sacrifice and defiant struggle for human rights as citizens rise up against the dictators. The plight of the stateless Rohingya has gained world attention and over a dozen books have superbly documented the atrocities committed by the Burmese military, which UN labeled as ethnic cleansing with genocidal intent. Burma's Path to Democracy goes a step further to include seldom-discussed broader implications -- including the British colonial legacy.

The story is seen through both Eastern and Western lenses. Sometimes the author is inserted as a character, sharing a personal "documentary" by a thoughtful and concerned young observer rather than an agenda-driven storyteller. Hence, the story is recounted from two perspectives -- that of a child growing up in Rangoon and that of a bi-cultural adult expatriate. Travelers, businessmen, historians, journalists, and the intellectually curious will find facts and events of the last 70 years in that country, including the benefits and pitfalls of investing in the Golden Land today. As Burma is set to become an attractive new tourist destination, the book provides meaningful historical and cultural insights for thoughtful, intelligent travelers who seek authentic experiences behind the scenes.

TinTin Delphin presents the recent history, transitional changes, current affairs, and the scenic and cultural highlights in this memoir and political history of Burma. The book provides insight into the multi-ethnic, multi-religion and pluralistic society's cultures and its friendly people, and what goes on behind the scenes.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Royal Kingdom to British Colony to IndependenceChapter 2. Military CoupChapter 3. General Ne Win Era 1962–1988Chapter 4. Burmese Way to SocialismChapter 5. The Gen
Chapter 1. Royal Kingdom to British Colony to Independence
Chapter 2. Military Coup
Chapter 3. General Ne Win Era 1962–1988
Chapter 4. Burmese Way to Socialism
Chapter 5. The General Than Shwe Era 1992–2011
Chapter 6. Pro-Democratic Leaders
Chapter 7. The Transition
Chapter 8. 2015 Democratic Government
Chapter 9. Frontier Opportunities and Threats
Chapter 10. Face of the Stateless
Chapter 11. The Exodus
Chapter 12. The Civil War
Chapter 13. The Burmese Way to Democracy

Pages 256
Year: 2020
BISAC: HIS048000  HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
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ISBN: 978-1-62894-419-8
Price: USD 21.95
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