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U Nu, China And The "Burmese" Cold War: Propaganda In Burma In The 1950s

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The Nu regime (1948-1962)-threatened with intervention by both the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the United States-and its supporters successfully re-imagined the Cold War in ways that masked its concerns and sought to weaken the more direct threat of military intervention by the PRC. While the superpowers were able to configure conventional maps in ways that yielded propagandic value, Burma's Cold War terrain was more difficult to render cartographically in ways that would aid the Burmese government. This imagined landscape made it possible to conceal the PRC threat from the Burmese people and isolate the government's domestic enemies from the global Cold War context. This Burmese version of the Cold War was so successful in doing so that it would continue to inform the military's policies after the latter took power in 1962.

Keywords: Burma; China; Cold War; People's Republic of China (PRC)

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