January 04, 2009 06:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
On Jan. 4, 1948, Burma ended 60 years of colonial rule when it officially declared independence from Britain
Burma’s Struggle for Autonomy
In June 1945, Burmese soldiers fought with the British to expel Japanese invaders from Burma during World War II.
By the war’s end, nationalist leader Aung San, whose anti-fascist movement had been prominent in the struggle against Japan, had established a political and military power base from which to negotiate with Great Britain. He took office in the provisional Burmese government that formed in 1946. continue