Aung San and the Struggle for Burmese Independence

by Angelene Naw

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  • Pages: 308 pp.
  • illustrated
Available from NIAS Press in Europe

In this highly readable biography that relies extensively on personal interviews, British archival records and much other primary and secondary material, Angelene Naw traces the Burmese struggle for independence and Aung San’s pivotal role in it.

Aung San is revered in Burma as the architect of Burmese freedom. Tragically, he was assassinated in 1947 just five months before Burma achieved its hard-won independence. In this highly readable biography that relies extensively on personal interviews, British archival records and much other primary and secondary material, Angelene Naw traces the Burmese struggle for independence and Aung San’s pivotal role in it.

The result is an engaging historical account of Burma’s most prominent leader, whose vision continues to be upheld by his daughter and namesake, Aung San Suu Kyi, in today’s Burma.

 

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Angelene Naw is a professor of history at Judson University, specialising in the history of South-East Asia.  Her Ph.D. is from the University of Hawaii.

Angelene Naw is a professor of history at Judson University, specialising in the history of South-East Asia.  Her Ph.D. is from the University of Hawaii.

Naw has taught at the University of Rangoon, from where she also received her BA and MA.  She has worked within the Burmese governing, having held theposition of Director of Hotels and Tourism in the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

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by Robert H. Taylor
From journal:
The Royal Society for Asian Affairs Journal

“By reminding us of Aung San the politician, rather than Aung San the icon, Angelene Naw has provided a valuable service.”

“By reminding us of Aung San the politician, rather than Aung San the icon, Angelene Naw has provided a valuable service.”

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