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Fiery Dragons

Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinance in Burma. NIAS Monograph Series No. 114

By (author) Sean Turnell
Format: Hardback
Publisher: NIAS Press, Copenhagen, Denmark
Published: 1st Apr 2009
Dimensions: w 152mm h 228mm d 28mm
Weight: 726g
ISBN-10: 8776940411
ISBN-13: 9788776940416
Barcode No: 9788776940416
Synopsis
This book tells the story of Burma's financial system - of its banks, moneylenders and 'microfinanciers' - from colonial times to the present day. It argues that Burma's financial system matters, and that the careful study of this system can tell us something more general about Burma - not least about how the richest country in Southeast Asia at the dawn of the twentieth century, became the poorest at the dawn of the twenty-first. While financial systems and institutions matter in all countries, Turnell argues that they especially count in Burma as events in the financial and monetary sphere have been unusually, spectacularly, prominent in Burma's turbulent modern history. The story of Burma's financial system and its players is one that has shaped the country. It is a dramatic story of interest beyond the confines of economics and development studies.

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