How Did British Imperialism Affect India

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Britain and her crown jewel of imperialism A question toiled over for centuries by historians. What was the effect of British imperialism on india? Was it negative or positive? We delve into such a topic today, but first, how did the British get to India? While the Mughal empire was collapsing (the last seat of power before the British came) The East India Company came Hailing from the great British empire to seek out India’s potential and profit. After the sepoy rebellion in 1857 the British government came at the beck and call of the company to take over. India was no longer a trade partner, it was now a colonie. The British government made the political piece of their rule as efficient as possible, dividing the country against each other and having the law serve…show more content…
Lavani claims that the British built 10,000 miles of train tracks and that they have only benefited India since their creation. While the fact that the tracks were built is true, the trains main purpose was to transport India’s wealth away from it (Doc #7). Indians couldn 't ride the trains first class in their own country, and were left to ride on top of the trains (a very dangerous thing) (Gandhi). The trains served the British first, and the Indians second. Lavani also tried to make a point saying “...both nations benefited from the trade links”. This seems to be contradicted by the industrial revolution and its output of fabrics. “ English cloth make the cloth that makes our poverty” (Gandhi). British textile factories taxed the selling of the native spun cloth, making native spun textiles far more expensive and impractical to the people of India (Doc #5). Entire weaving cities like bengal are left empty, and hundreds of thousands are put out of business (Doc #5). Ultimately the trains and trade made negative impacts on the economics of

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