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Constitution, Burma, Independence, British Policy
This thesis investigates—through a case study of the independence process in Burma—what, if any, specific policies the British established and followed in granting independence to their former colonies. The author investigates the development of institutions in the first Burma constitution through primary source documents. Statements of policy found indicate that the British strove to create a policy of protection and representation of minorities, encouragement of democracy mirroring Western constitutions, and a desire to establish stability in the region and preserve self-interests. Documents indicate a large disparity between policy and practice. The author concludes that this disparity is caused primarily by economic and political constraints and a prioritization of domestic economic policy, not an absence of colonial policy.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Rutherford, Kylan, "Grafting Democracy: British Policy in the Burma Independence Process" (2018). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 48.