Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. William F. Strong

Second Advisor

Dr. George McLemore

Third Advisor

Dr. Ercan Nasif


The focus of this thesis is the historical and analytical role, influence and effect of Aung San, U Nu, and Ne Win in the struggle of independent post-war Burma between the philosophy of Buddhism and the aims of a Socialist welfare-state and its effect on Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle for democracy in present day Burma. There has not been any rhetorical analysis of Aung San Suu Kyi as of yet. Chapter 1 covers the political history of Burma in detail; it will cover the monarchy period, the British colonization, and the struggle for independence. Chapter 2 will concentrate on the cultural developments of India and Burma under colonial rule and Chapter 3 covers the historic role of Buddhism, as a religion, social structure, and resistance to secularism.

Chapter 4 consists of the analysis of Aung San's political ideologies and the examination of the influences he had during the struggle for independence, the present effects, and the foundations for the next era. Chapter 5 analyzes U Nu and Ne Win's role, religious influence and outcome of their leadership role in the political development of the nation. Chapter 6 will cover of Aung San Suu Kyi's political ideologies and her ability to lead the nation to their second independence.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American