How Powerful Was Imperialism Identified By British Imperialization Of India?

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Long ago when Britain was the most powerful nation still hunting for more power, the nation took its chance to gain more glory in a far away land overseas; India. During the 1600s Britain became interested in India for its precious raw materials and the fact that the British could market many of their products to the 300 million people of India to make big profit. In 1757 the British East India Company won the Battle of Plassey against the Indians and gained some power of India. Britain would soon decimate pieces of the culture and take over the whole nation of India. Despite the fact that Britain established an advanced government in India, improved infrastructure in the nation, and also increased life expectancies of the people of India by …show more content…

The British rulers of India helped settle 500 million diverse peoples with different religions all over India during their rulership, providing stronger communities held together by values of religion (Paragraph 6). However, the people of India were given little to no responsibility of themselves and their own nation (Document 1). Meaning the British also created a great divide of the native people and the British imperialists get to dictate what taxes and laws exist, all of which to only better the lives of themselves and did not pertain to the basic human needs for the people who actually lived in India. Paragraph 12 shows that the British did bring several different states of India into one unified nation to help establish an effective justice system, civil service, loyal army, and efficient police force to protect the people of India. On the other hand, document 2 shows that the Indians had no say in the taxes they had to pay to the British or how they spent their money as a nation. This was harmful to the people of India because many of the British taxes made for them was only so Britain could become more rich. The imperialists from far away never cared about the well-beings’ of the …show more content…

For example, Britain introduced the English language to the nation of India, expanding communications between them and the english (Paragraphs 10 and 16). More important, the British never really taught the people of India how to read or write. Evidence shows us that the literacy of the English language in India increased staggeringly of about 5 to 10 million people after the nation was awarded its independence (Document 5). This is important because the people of India had better literacy scores after Britain was no longer ruling; thus some social impacts the British brought were near pointless because they never really cared to help the Indians when it was needed. While Britain did protect the ancient buildings in India during their reign (Paragraph 17), they did not protect or prevent the massive famines the people of India faced when they were being forced to grow cash crops. As a result of the starvations 26 million Indians died altogether from 1875 to 1900 (Documents 6 and 7). This was problematic because the British could have prevented the famines and deaths but instead they were the cause of

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