Myanmar: A Country of Rich and Diverse Culture

The history of Myanmar dates back to 3,000 B.C. when the Mon people settled the region. Much later, roughly 628 AD, the Pyu civilization established a capitol in the vicinity of modern-day Prome. The region of Myanmar became a unified state during the Pagan Kingdom from 1044 – 1077. The kingdom was encouraged by household taxes and therefore fell into decline due to over-spending on pagodas. However, the presence of European nations had little effect on Myanmar before the infringement on the Raj in Bengal. This led directly to the British occupation of the boundaries of these countries. After 60 years, the British had total control over Myanmar.

On a positive note, the British occupation transformed Myanmar into the world’s most notable rice exporter. However, there was a flood of Chinese and Indian immigrants who often appreciated exploiting the Burman people. World War II was a period of political change in Myanmar. After the war finished, the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League (AFPFL) attempted to gain independence for Myanmar and triumphed in their attempts in 1947. Just three months after, the leader of AFPFL and the majority of his cabinet have been assassinated.

The condition of Myanmar really began to go back in 1962 when General Ne Win overthrew the government and began putting a socialist government. The market crumbled since the black economy soared. Many taxpayers lost their standing if their ancestors were not part of the”original” Myanmar populations. Following the populous had experienced enough, what with all the devaluation of their currency, they revolted with riots and people letters. Eventually, Ne Win resigned in 1988. Months of chaos followed by protests, looting and a brutal police force. Thousands perished in Yangon and different regions of the nation.

In 1993, the SLORC decided a national convention to draft a new constitution for the country, asking that the army be given a principal government role. The convention was not conducted democratically, hence the members that were also a part of the National League for Democracy (NLD) literally walked off. Regardless of the nation’s significant resources, its own development is hindered today by the always unsettled politics there.

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