Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps
Before UMFCCI
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1 August 1923

Before UMFCCI

မြန်မာဘာသာဖြင့် ဖတ်ရန်

Before UMFCCI: Burmese business delegation in London, boarding a Handley Page W8 biplane airliner of the British Home Air Service for a flight to Birmingham, 1 August 1923. This was at the very start of the period of "Dyarchy" government, when Burma was still a province of India, but when it also began to take some very small moves towards representative government, with its first elections (1922), first legislature (in the old Secretariat), and first Burmese ministers. Business in the 1920s was good, a golden era for the economy, with big profits from rice and teak, Rangoon a modern cosmopolitan port, and immigration (from India) at its peak (1928) - until it all came crashing down, with the Great Depression and the precipitous fall in global commodity prices (1930), skyrocketing unemployment, bankruptcies, land alienation, then communal riots (1938 in Rangoon), the rise of fascism and communism, and finally war (1941) and independence (1948).

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