The Invasion Of India And The Indian Government

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Imperialism swept across the world following the Industrial Revolution as trade opened up transcontinentally and capitalism became the driving economy of Europe. England expanded its influence to Africa as did Belgium and France. A scramble for Africa occurred, with England fighting for dominance over China as well. As invasions and wars began in Africa, China dealt with the British opium trade and its effect on the Chinese people. Imperialism had varying effects on these different countries and continents. In Egypt and the Indian government, it evoked feelings of nationalism in the people for their native land. Resistance was another reaction from most countries as anger towards the Western powers built in the citizens of the imperialist states. Conversely, some people and governments saw opportunity in a relationship with England and attempted to take advantage of what England could offer their homelands. To begin, the invasion of India and Egypt caused nationalism within these two countries. The Indian government viewed imperialism as a means to an end, as Bal Gangadhar Tilak addressed the National Congress, “Self government is our goal…” (Document 6). From the Indian’s point of view, independence was the preferred end result. Nationalistic feelings were played upon in countries to rally the people together. Anonymous announcements circulated in Cairo read, “When will you know your country has been sold to foreigners?” (Document 9). This response desired to provoke the
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