Military Roles in Modernization: Civil-Military Relations in Thailand and Burma; Military and State in Modern Asia

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Military Roles in Modernization: Civil-Military Relations in Thailand and Burma

By Moshe Lissak
Sage, 1976
255 pp. $15.00
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Military and State in Modern Asia

Edited by Harold Z. Schiffrin
Jerusalem Academic Press, 1976
309 pp.
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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."