Burma’s Constitution

  • Maung Maung

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. The Story of the Constitution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages XI-XI
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      Pages 1-47
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      Pages 48-67
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      Pages 68-87
  3. The Constitution at Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
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      Pages 91-93
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      Pages 94-106
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      Pages 107-110
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      Pages 111-115
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      Pages 116-121
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      Pages 122-128
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      Pages 129-147
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      Pages 148-168
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      Pages 169-194
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      Pages 195-196
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      Pages 197-205
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      Pages 206-210
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      Pages 211-213
  4. Epilogue

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      Pages 214-216
  5. Postscript

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      Pages 217-218
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-325

About this book


This is an attempt to study and interpret the Constitution of the Union of Burma which has now passed its tenth year. A constitution read outside the context of constitutional history is incomplete, and I have, therefore, tried to trace the developments which culminated in the constitution; then study its important features with reference, where necessary, to the background in which they took shape and form; and, while studying how the constitution has been working, touch lightly on contemporary events and trends. It is a vast canvas I am trying to cover and what I am able to draw on it would inevitably be sketchy. But I do not write as a historian whose focus is on detail in a narrow area. Rather, having dug and gathered the facts, I trace their sweep in history. The details I willingly and happily leave to the historians, hoping only that my study will be of some use to them, if only as a target for their learned criticism. Some of the events and people I describe are still too near, and a clear perspective is therefore difficult. What is nearest appears biggest, and I often find it tempting to see and accept that Burma's history as a new independent nation began with the students' strike of 1936 or the resistance movement during the Second World War.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Maung Maung
    • 1
  1. 1.Lincoln’s InnUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1959
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8225-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-8890-6
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