The Imperialism Of India By George Marshall

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Kai Middlebrook Mrs.McKnight World Literature: Per. 5 11 October 2015 British Imperialism in India “After three shots, the elephant still does not die. Orwell fires his two remaining shots into the elephant’s heart. He sends someone to get his small rifle, then pours ‘shot after shot into his heart and down his throat.’ Still, the elephant does not die. Orwell, unable to stand the elephant’s suffering and unable to watch and listen to it, goes away. The elephant, like the Burmese people, has become the unwitting victim of the British imperialist’s need to save face” (Carol) India a country whose population is only surpassed by that of China’s, was colonized in the 1750s by the British who were seeking to further expand their global empire and grow their wealth but cared little if at all for the people 's lives that were impacted by their colonization. Peter Marshall a renowned professor, author, and historian wrote an article discussing the colonization of India by Britain which provided information regarding the East India Company and British expansion in the region. According to Marshall, “The East India Company was one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world from 1750 to the late 1800s” and then went on to say, “Its primary function as a company was to serve as a monopoly of all the English trade made in Asia” (Marshall). The Company’s expansion into India allowed for Britain’s government to easily access India’s resources. It also enabled Britain’s

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