End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • British military rule ends in Burma

    17 October. Civilian administration is restored under Governor Dorman-Smith in accordance with the British government White Paper for the reconstruction and rule of postwar Burma. During his discussions with Aung San on the country’s post-war governance and plans for an Executive Council, Aung San demands a decisive AFPFL role: 11 of the 15 positions on the council. Negotiations will fail due to a lack of will on the part of Dorman-Smith. The governor also does not recognize the AFPFL as a national mass organization representing the people of Burma.

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    Reginald Dorman-Smith ([National Portrait Gallery](http://www.npg.org.uk/) Bromide print by Vandyk, 1939 x22639)