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A Political History of Myanmar

Myanmar: A Political History by Nehginpao Kipgen, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016; pp xvi + 230, 745.

Renaud Egreteau ( is a political scientist and has taught at the University of Hong Kong and Sciences Po Paris.

Recent political change in Myanmar has attracted considerable scholarly attention. A flurry of new books has attempted to decipher, and explain Myanmar’s transition from direct military rule to a hybrid form of elected government since the turn of the 2010s. The peaceful disbanding of the military junta in 2011 and the subsequent election of Aung San Suu Kyi to parliament in April 2012 have raised expectations sky-high among Myanmar citizens and the international community. Has the long-awaited “Burmese Spring” eventually come? In the 2015 general elections, the crushing victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), further reinforced a tremendous optimism about Myanmar’s prospects for resilient democratisation.

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Updated On : 1st Feb, 2021
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