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This article examines what is required for ethnic unity in Burma/Myanmar by examining the early stages of independence in Burma through the lens of Shan political negotiation. This is to provide insight into what the Shan sought to achieve and why they insisted on constitutional reform in the early 1960s. Juxtaposing the attitudes of the ethnic leadership, prominent Burman politicians and military strongmen of that period can lead to concrete conclusions about how certain points of view encourage debate and cooperation, while other stifle it and result in fragmentation.



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