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Maung, Maung.The 1988 Uprising in Burma. New Haven: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 1999.
About: "A personal account of a critical turning point in Burmese history by someone closely involved in the events. Dr. Maung Maung, former president of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma, presents a set of reminiscences covering his part in events in Burma from the end of the war up through the day of the military takeover on September 18, 1988." [Amazon]

Research Papers

Egreteau, Renaud. " The Repression of the August 8-12 1988 (8-8-88) Uprising in Burma/Myanmar," Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence Science Po (2009).

Summary: “'Burma' has been renamed “Myanmar” in June 1989 by the new military regime that took power in September 1988. The Burmese democratic opposition as well as few Western powers (United States, United Kingdom) refused the new denomination while the United Nations and most of the regional powers did accept it." [Author]
Thompson, Nick. "What Makes a Revolution? Burma's Revolt of 1988 and a Comparative Analysis of the Revolutions of the Late 1980s," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 22 (1999): 33-52.
Summary: This paper describes the Burmese revolt of 1988, compares it with other uprisings and revolutions in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe and analyzes it through the lenses of several important theories of revolution. It analyzes the actions of the state and of the opposition, paying careful attention to psychological factors and the structure of the state and the opposition. 


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