The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Burma by Bertil Lintner

The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Burma

byBertil Lintner

Kobo ebook | June 12, 2014

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One of Asia’s longest running communist insurrections ended on the night of April 16, 1989. Its cessation was not the outcome of a successful government offensive or of a generous amnesty policy, but of an all-out mutiny within the rank-and-file of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB). That night, thousands of mutineers stormed the CPB’s headquarters at Panghsang, a small town near the Chinese frontier in the Wa Hills of Burma’s northeastern Shan State. The rebellious troops seized the well-stocked armoury and other buildings.

While they were smashing portraits of Communist icons Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao Zedong and destroying CPB literature in an outburst of anti-party sentiment, the CPB’s aging, staunchly Maoist leadership fled headlong across the Nam Hka River into China. For the first time in history, a Communist insurgency had been defeated from within its own ranks. The overwhelming majority of the CPB’s troops came from various minority peoples in the rugged and remote Sino-Burmese border mountains, and these have always been motivated by ethnically and general anti-government sentiments rather than ideology.

This is the story of the rise and fall of one of Asia’s longest-lasting and most powerful communist insurgencies. The book includes maps and unique photographs as well as charts showing how the CPB was organized before it collapsed in 1989.

Title:The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of BurmaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 12, 2014Publisher:APMSLanguage:English

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