By Robert H. Taylor
"Robert Taylor, probably the most renowned students in Myanmar stories, has written an illuminating examine of Ne Win, the main enigmatic and debatable of the 1st new release of post-independence Southeast Asian leaders, and the way he prompt a then principally unknown nation, Burma (now Myanmar), in the course of the chilly struggle years. This e-book, through might be the single overseas political analyst to reside in Burma lower than Ne Win, is asignificant contribution to the historiography of Myanmar and its left out function within the chilly conflict in Asia."
— affiliate Professor Ang Cheng Guan
Head of Graduate stories, S. Rajaratnam institution of overseas Studies
Nanyang Technological college, Singapore.
"This e-book fills a tremendous hole within the literature on Myanmar via supplying the 1st scholarly account of the lifetime of common Ne Win, its enigmatic ruler for over 25 years. will probably be of curiosity not just to expert Myanmar watchers, who've lengthy awaited an in depth and complete examine of this significant ancient determine, yet to an individual who desires to study extra approximately this bothered Southeast Asian nation, the place Ne Wins legacy remains to be being felt today."
— Andrew Selth, Adjunct affiliate Professor
Griffith Asia Institute."
"The Colonel Ne Win of worldwide warfare II and common Ne Win of post-independent Myanmar was once now not similar to Chairman Ne Win of the BSPP. Nor used to be the context of these days just like the context in which he's often judged at the present time. the current paintings (and Taylors scholarship as a rule) is conscious about such anachronistic projections backward, made to commensurate with definite wanted educational and political effects. Taylor examines Ne Wins lifestyles and profession within the context of whilst it happened. This ebook returns Ne Win to the interval to which he belonged."
— Michael Aung-Thwin, Professor of South East Asian History
University of Hawaii.
"It is hard to visualize that this learn of Ne Win, the dominant determine within the politics of Burma via so much ofthe moment half the 20 th century, will ever be exceeded. Immensely precise, insightful, and impressively realizing, this can be a good paintings of scholarship."
— Ian Brown, Emeritus Professor of the commercial heritage of South East Asia
School of Oriental and African experiences (London)
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The Grim Reaper reached them before I did. Especially, the subject of the volume, General Ne Win, whom I never met, has been gone for more than a decade as I write. He does not have the chance to rebut and refute what I have written about him. However, given his lack of interest in what others said about him, and his unwillingness to encourage a cult of personality around himself, other than in the reflected glory of General Aung San, it is unlikely that he would do so even if he were alive. A question that readers might ask is why have I bothered to write this book?
The Bloc, formed in October 1939, held that “Britain’s difficulty is Burma’s opportunity” and until a firm promise of post-war independence was received, as well as the formation of a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution and an interim responsible cabinet government, they would not cooperate in any way with the government in the anti-Axis or anti-fascist war (Guyot 1970, pp. 22 and 35). As a result of their firm political advocacy of this position, many members ran afoul of the wartime emergency Defence of Burma Rules and were arrested, including Thakin Nu, Thakin Than Tun, Thakin Soe, and Dr Ba Maw.
His political opponents died in their own beds or at the hands of other opponents. That is not to say that the Ne Win era was cost free. Many lives were not only lost but stunted and opportunities for development and enrichment were destroyed. The cosmopolitan life of the privileged few that colonialism had created, and Ne Win had enjoyed himself, and continued to enjoy when abroad, was obliterated. Myanmar “fell behind” in the development race which has come to define political success in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries because of his single-minded pursuit of the Burmese Way to Socialism.
General Ne Win: A Political Biography by Robert H. Taylor