British Imperialism in India

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27-4: British Imperialism in India

As the Mughal Empire declined, Britain seizes Indian territory and soon it controls almost the whole subcontinent.

British Expand Control over India

East India Company Dominates

• British East India Company rules India until 1850s

• Company has its own army led by British officers

• Army is staffed by sepoys—Indian soldiers

Britain’s “Jewel in the Crown”

• India is Britain’s most valuable colony, or “jewel in

the crown”

• Forced to produce raw materials for British


• Also forced to buy British goods

British Transport Trade Goods

• Railroads move cash crops and goods faster

• Trade in specific crops is tied to international

Impact of Colonialism

• British hold much of political and economic power

• Cash crops result in loss of self-sufficiency, famine

• Indian life disrupted by missionaries and racist


• British modernize India’s economy, improve public

The Sepoy Mutiny

Indians Rebel

• Sepoys refuse to use cartridges of new rifles for

religious reasons

• Many Sepoys are jailed; others start Sepoy

Mutiny against British

Many Indians, especially Sikhs, remain loyal to


Turning Point

• British put down rebellion, take direct command of


Raj—term for British rule over India, lasts from 1757

to 1947

• Uprising increases distrust between British and

Nationalism Surfaces in India

Call for Reforms

• In 1800s, Ram Mohun Roy leads modernization


• Many Indians adopt western ways and call for

social reforms

• Indians resent being second-class citizens in own

Nationalist Groups Form

• Indian National Congress and Muslim League form

• Nationalists angered by partition of Bengal

- pressure forces Britain to divide it differently

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