The State in Myanmar author gives talks on his book in capital city

Professor Robert Taylor, an American academic of Myanmar’s politics. mna
Professor Robert Taylor, an American academic of Myanmar’s politics. MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Nov- Professor Robert Taylor, an American academic of Myanmar’s politics, has given a talk on his landmark book “The State in Myanmar” at the Ministry of Information on Thursday, officials say.
Deputy Minister U Pike Htway made an introductory speech, and Mr Konstantin Barwaldt of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) gave brief accounts of FES, a biography of Robert Taylor and his book.
The American academic, who has been to Myanmar more than 125 times since 1975, explained the contents of his book.
The book deals with Myanmar’s politics in areas of precolonial or monarchical state, rationalization of the state, politics under the rationalized state, displacement of the state, reassertion of the state and re-establishment of the state, which are a collection of political landscape from the monarchical era up to 2008.
Regarding to what to do with Myanmar’s politics, Robert Taylor said that new ideas and new institutions generated new political responses and new patterns of political behaviour. Speaking of lessons for the present and future in politics, he pointed out that Myanmar needs to be aware of changing international politics and consequences.
His book was translated into Myanmar and has now hit bookshelves.

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