Red Peacocks : Commentaries on Burmese Socialist Nationalism


John H. Badgley & Aye Kyaw

xxiv, 340 p., 2009

Includes bibliographical references and index

ISBN-13/EAN: 9789380009209 (Hardbound)

ISBN-10: 9380009208 (Hardbound)

INR 1799.00 (HBD)


LC Subject heading:

1. Revolutions and socialism–Burma–History.

2. Burma–History–1824-1948.

3. Burma–History–1948-

4. Socialism–Burma.

BISAC Subject: POL011000/POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General

About the Book

Two contradictory terms-Preservation and Revolution-captured the mental state of Burmese leadership in the 20th century. The choice of which values and customs should be preserved and which discarded has had no clear consensus; yet this has been the heart of the ideological struggle among the leaders of Burma, now Myanmar. Providing deep insights into the Burmese socialist nationalist movement, this book explains the philosophy of political revolution sanctioned by Ne Win. It draws upon a body of treatises written by socialist revolutionaries that explain and justify rebellion and insurgencies against the government. Finally, it offers commentaries on Burmese political thought to demonstrate how contemporary Burmese political concepts are rooted in Pali antecedents from medieval dynasties.

About the Author

Dr. John H. Badgley was Professor of Asian and Development Studies at Miami University (Ohio), Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, Cornell University, and University of Washington. His publications include The Economic Basis of Burmese Foreign Policy, Politics among Burmans, Reconciling Burma/Myanmar and Asian Development, besides chapters in a dozen books and numerous articles on Burma, Southeast Asia and US relations with Asia. Also, he was founder of Institute of the Rockies in 1973. He lives near Seattle, Washington, USA. Dr. Aye Kyaw was a senior faculty member at Payap University, Thailand and Cornell University. He has written extensively on the issues concerning Burma and Thailand, including the Western Impact on the Legal System and Customary Law of Burma and Thailand, The Institution of Kingship in Burma and Thailand, and Buddhist Legacy to Modern Law and Society with Special Reference to Myanmar and Thailand. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Part One: Maung Chit Hlaing’s Man’s World View — Fundamentals of the Dialectical Method — Historical Views — Basic Ideologies for Practical Work — Part Two: First Generation Revolutionaries: 1938-1962 — Revolutionary Socialism: Ideology, Policy and Practice — Revolutionary Ideology, 1942-45 — Straddling Two Horses: India, China and the Burma Communist Party — Part Three: Essays on the Burmese Revolution — Foundations of Burmese Nationalism — Burmese Revolutionaries

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