Item description for Aung San and the Struggle for Burmese Independence by Angelene Naw...
Aung San, the "architect of Burma's freedom," was one of the most important political figures in the history of Burmas struggle for independence. Beginning as a student leader and activist in the 1930s, Aung San went on to assume prominent leadership positions in Burmas nationalist movement. At the beginning of World War II, he organized a clandestine trip to Japan in search of funds and military training in order to fight against British imperialsim, but his close-knit group Thirty Comrades found it necessary to resist not only the British, but also the Japanese. In the postwar years, Aung San became Burmas chief negotiator for independence from Britain, focusing much of his energy on promoting cooperation and unity among Burmas many ethnic groups. Aung Sans tragic assassination in 1947 at the age of 32 denied him the privilege of seeing his country claim the freedom and unity to which he had dedicated his life.
This well-researched and readable history sets the life of Aung San squarely in the context of Burma's historic struggle for freedom. Photographs and texts of documents written by Aung San enliven the account.
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Studio: University of Washington Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.67" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Publisher University of Washington Press
ISBN 9747551543 ISBN13 9789747551549
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A fitting tribute to Bogyoke Feb 1, 2010
Bogyoke Aung San was the father of modern Burma. He is the equivalent to America's George Washington. In Burma, he is the undisputed leader. No one, not even his daughter, comes close to the respect the very utterance of his name brings.
This book is the most comprehensive biography out there. The author did everything in his power to collect as much information as possible. He interviewed a number of people who knew Bogyoke as well as went through hundreds of pages of primary sources. The result is this book, and it does not disappoint. It goes through every detail in his life with amazing results.
There are two things missing from this book. First off, it didn't touch on Aung's growing paranoia during World War II. Second, the author doesn't explore what Aung San means to modern Burma. These two things would have added another dimension to this book which could have given it a lot more meaning.