Imperialism in Burma

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Burma: a country of exceptional beauty, abundant natural resources, valuable minerals, fertile soil, and one of the healthiest climates in the tropics. Britain desired these features, so they imperialized the whole country in 1885 and imposed colonial rule throughout Burma. Imperialism is… The British benefit and hurt the country in many ways, completely changing the country forever. Western imperialism in Burma was more costly than beneficial; even though the British improved and modernized education, transportation, and daily life, they also destroyed the economy, culture, and religion, ultimately causing more harm than good by dividing the country, killing many natives, and scarring the country forever. The British greatly weakened politics in Burma. When the British invaded Burma, troops burned down villages and suppressed dissent with mass executions. British colonial rule used the principle of ‘divide and rule.’ ‘Divide and rule’ divided the country into separate areas based on nationality. The colonial administration relied heavily on Indian bureaucrats to impose their interests. The British ended Burma’s monarchy and sent their king Thibaw into exile because he provoked a dispute with a British timber company. Britain wanted control of Burma to protect its possessions in India and to gain a land route to China. The British incorporated Burma into India, and Burma became known as ‘Further India.’ The British imposed colonial rule in 1886; the Burmese
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