British Dbq

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It took more than 200 years for India to shake the oppressive rule of the British. Britain seized control of Indian territory until they controlled the whole sub-continent. At first india was treasured by the British more for its potential rather than its actual profit. Its 300 million people were also a large potential market for British made products. Although Britain created sound law against killing, economic opportunities and health related advancements they caused more harm than good. Granted Dr. Lalvani would say the british created an unblemished government that worked in everyone’s favor it was oppressive towards Indian people due to the fact that they were not involved in the making of laws that directly affected them. In paragraph…show more content…
Dr. Lalvani stated Indian Railways today is the world’s largest employer with 1.6 million employees. Also during Imperialism laid down 10,000 miles of railroad tracks to export Indian goods and natural resources to Britain. The railways were also good for communication and travel. They also protected wildlife and important buildings like the Taj Mahal as to preserve the Indian culture. But the British pushed cash crops which increased wealth for the indian and british economy however it degraded the indian lands and made it hard to grow when the british left( doc.6). Because of cheap british good many to all weavers lost their jobs and became impoverished as said in document 3. So yes the british showed they could control an economy very well however they could not control the ruined land and people. Despite the fact Britain created sound laws against killing, economic opportunities and improved the health of most indians they still caused more harm than…show more content…
In paragraph 11 talks about the British bringing english law and language; there were more than 102 languages in India so communication wasn’t the easiest between people, they also built very fine universities that gave opportunities for people to learn. Indain literacy still went up by ten percent when the british left and it kept going up( doc. 5). But the british still prevented lots of death with the laws against thuggee, suttee and female infanticide right? No because overall around 58.73 million people died from famines caused by the exportation of the good indians grew themselves( doc.7). They also made it hard for Indians to grow food after the British left as said in document 6. So the british did create laws against killing but they also created laws that killed millions and degraded the land. And so

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