The Hidden History of Burma

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Nyein Nyein Thant Aung


Interpretation on how the political history of a ‘mysterious’ country like Burma has been many and cross-firing in multiple senses. Through an interesting life as a grand-son of the late former UN Secretary-General U Thant, an intern in UN-related think tank in Geneva, a founder of All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, the author of this book Thant Myint-U tries to re-tell a story about race, capitalism and attempts to democracy. Using the common technique in historiography known as a narration of turning points, the author creates a chronographic episode for the political history of Burma through people-made moments that define the movement of politics and democracy into certain direction. Nevertheless, Thant Myint-U finds that at certain disjuncture, he loses track of what is coming. This book opens a larger horizon for people who are ignorant of the political and democratic history of Burma that turns out to be interesting and volatile; the paradox of this book is that the realization that the more unpredictable a political history, the more foreseeable it becomes. Chaos is almost certain.

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Thant Aung, N. N. (2021). The Hidden History of Burma. Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies, 7(1), 147–157. Retrieved from
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Thant Myint-U. (2020.) The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century. London: Atlantic Books, 288 pages.