In This Review

Military Roles in Modernization: Civil-Military Relations in Thailand and Burma
Military Roles in Modernization: Civil-Military Relations in Thailand and Burma
By Moshe Lissak
Sage, 1976, 255 pp
Military and State in Modern Asia
Military and State in Modern Asia
Edited by Harold Z. Schiffrin
Jerusalem Academic Press, 1976, 309 pp

Lissak discusses the army regimes in Thailand and Burma; the papers from the 1974 Truman Institute symposium on Military and State in Modern Asia at the Hebrew University range farther afield to the Middle East and Imperial Japan. Agreement emerges, however, on essential points: military men are better at guns than government; and the military is not an agent of modernization, but of "pseudo-modernization."