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a republic in SE Asia, on the Bay of Bengal. 261,789 sq. mi. (678,034 sq. km).
Capital: Yangon.
Contemporary Examples

Hillary Clinton Visits Burma Amidst Burmese Spring Ron Gluckman December 1, 2011
The Good Old Travel Guide Days Tony Wheeler August 2, 2013
The Good Old Travel Guide Days Tony Wheeler August 2, 2013
Burma’s Rohingya Muslims Targeted by Buddhist Mob Violence Brendan Brady June 26, 2013
Burma’s Spring Turns Deadly as Riots Shake the Town of Meiktila Peter Popham March 23, 2013

Historical Examples

The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
A Tour of the Missions Augustus Hopkins Strong
The Pacification of Burma Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
A Tour of the Missions Augustus Hopkins Strong
India, Its Life and Thought John P. Jones

the former official name (until 1989, though still widely used) of Myanmar

Note: Under British control until 1948, it then became an independent republic.

Note: During World War II, the Allies and Japanese troops fought intense campaigns over control of the Burma Road, a vital supply link between China and India.

Note: Run by its military in the 1970s and 1980s, Burma saw its economy decline. Free elections in 1990 were won by the main opposition party, but the military government refused to relinquish its powers.


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