Pyidaungsu Myanma Naingngandaw (Union of Myanmar)
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. The Union of Burma came formally into existence on 4 Jan. 1948 and became the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma in 1974. In 1948 Sir Hubert Ranee, the last British Governor, handed over authority to Sao Shwe Thaike, the first President of the Burmese Republic, and Parliament ratified the treaty with Great Britain providing for the independence of Burma as a country not within His Britannic Majesty’s dominions and not entitled to His Britannic Majesty’s protection. This treaty was signed in London on 17 Oct. 1947 and enacted by the British Parliament on 10 Dec. 1947. On 19 June 1989 the military government changed the official name of the country in English to the Union of Myanmar.


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Further Reading

  1. Burma: Treaty between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Provisional Government of Burma. (Treaty Series No. 16, 1948.) HMSO, 1948Google Scholar
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  5. Lintner, B., Outrage: Burma s Struggle for Democracy. 2nd ed. London, 1990Google Scholar
  6. Silverstein, J., Burma: Military Rule and the Politics of Stagnation. Cornell Univ. Press, 1978.Google Scholar
  7. Silverstein, J., Burmese Politics: The Dilemma of National Unity. Rutgers Univ. Press, 1980Google Scholar
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  9. Stewart, J. A. and Dunn, C. W., Burmese-English Dictionary. London, 1940 ff.Google Scholar
  10. Taylor, R. H., The State in Burma. London, 1988Google Scholar

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