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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF BURMA

The story of the rise and fall of one of Asia’s longest-lasting and most powerful communist insurgencies, including unique photographs, maps and organization charts

  • By Bertil Lintner

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.

  • Bertil Lintner is a Swedish journalist, author and strategic consultant who has been writing about Asia for nearly four decades. Formerly Burma correspondent of the Far Eastern Economic Review, he is now the Thailand-based correspondent for Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet and Denmark's Politiken as well as the editor of Asia Pacific Media Services. In 2004, Lintner received an award for excellence in reporting about from the Society of Publishers in Asia. He was also president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) from 1993-95.

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