Southeast Asia 2 - Burma(Myanmar A part of British India...

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12/16/2009 1 Burma (Myanmar) - A part of British India from 1886 to 1947 - A military dictatorship since the early 1960s - The regime detrimental to economic progress - Core: Irrawady River valley and delta (Yangon) - Essentially a peasant country rice the staple crop Thailand (formerly Siam) - A buffer between British and French colonial interests - Has never been a colony - A constitutional monarchy - Core: Chao Phraya lowland, centered on Bangkok - A rapidly expanding economy - Still mainly agricultural, rice-based - A gradual shift to commercial farming - Tourism an important and growing industry Laos - A part of French Indochina - A monarchy wit a communist government - Landlocked, remote, undeveloped, poor Cambodia - Ancient Khmer Empire from 9 th to 15 th century - Colonial and post colonial legacy instability and strife - The Khmer Rouge rule late 1970s - Core: the Mekong River plain, Pnom-Penh - Largely subsistence rice farming
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12/16/2009 3 Vietnam - Part of French Indochina until 1954
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