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History Of Burma

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Aung San seized the opportunity to bring about burmese independence. He and 29 others, known as the Thirty Comrades, left Burma to undergo military training in Japan. In 1941, they fought alongside the Japanese who invaded Burma. The Japanese promised Aung San that if the British were defeated, they would grant Burma her freedom. Then it became clear that the Japanese would not follow through with thier promise, Aung San quickly negotiated an agreement with the British to help them defaet the Japanese. Working together, the British, Indians and Burma’s Thirty Comrades successfully expelled the Japanese from Burma in May 1945.

Hailed as the architect of Burma’s new-found independence by the majority of Burmese, Aung San was able to negotiate an agreement in January 1947 with the British, under which Burma would be granted total independence from Britian. An election was held to form an interim government, in which Aung San’s party (the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League) won 248 out of 255 assembly seats. Only 32 years old at the time, an eloquent and determined Aung San made an historic trip to London during this period of transition, Although a controversial figure to some ethnic minorities, he also had reguler meetings with ethnic leaders throughout Burma in an effort to create reconciliation and unity for all Burmese.

 

 

 

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