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Buddhism, Politics and Political Thought in Myanmar

Presents Burmese political history from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. Lays out the basic components of the modernist Buddhist worldview, including the five precepts and the four noble truths. Considers two suttas(teachings of Buddha) and Burmese interpretations of the lessons to understand political authority. Describes periods of Burmese political history, including precolonial monarchies, colonial period, economic freedom, and after independence period. Provides understandings of democracy among disparate groups, including the former military government, the democratic opposition, and the monks.