Part 1. The plural society and its enemies. 1, "A world at its zenith" : Rangoon, commerce and colonialism. 2, The generals' revenge. 3, Burmanisation. 4, Under enemy occupation: the test of the Kachin. 5, The catastrophe of drugs: the Karen and Shan -- Part 2. Reform, to perserve. 6, An embarrassment of poverty: Burma's collapse. 7, The Lady's not for turning: the challenge of the NLD. 8, Change from the top: Than Shwe to Thein Sein. 9, A new "great game" : the geopolitics of change. 10, Burma's future and the ghosts of the plural society.