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Imperialism And India Essay

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Imperialism and India

Throughout history, many nations have implemented imperialism to enforce their will over others for money, protection and civilization. India was no exception. Since its discovery, Europeans were trying get a piece of India's action. In many cases England was the imperial, or mother country. Since India was put under imperialism, a great deal of things changed, some for the good, mostly though for the bad. Between 1640 and 1949, India was ruled by two periods of imperialism, both of which effected India in a very profound and permanent manner.
The first period of European control was between 1740 and 1858. During this period the British East India Company
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This Revolution brought the rule of the East India Company to an end.
The second period of English imperialism started in August of 1858 when the British monarchy assumed direct control of India from the East India
Company. This established a full colonial government, where British officials run the countries affairs, in India. This is known as colonial imperialism.
This period was one of major change in Indian life and culture. While the East
India Company tried respect local customs and learn local languages, the colonial government "tried to impose British culture on India. . . encouraged the Indian people to abandon their traditions and learn to speak, dress and live like Europeans." This came to a head in 1877, when Queen Victoria was recognized as the Empress of India. The colonial government felt it was their duty to civilize the people of India, feeling "I am a little bit better than you, therefore my presence is necessary." This all began to end in 1885 with the formation of the Indian National Congress, made up of middle-class Indians who were known as the congress. This congress campaigned for free education for both sexes, more Indian representation in government, and other reforms. But then in the early 1900's, nationalists began to reject British rule and petition for it's end in India by boycotting British goods and publishing books which
"restored peoples pride
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