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 Before British rule in India, the Mughal Empire had ruled › Started to lose power in the 1700s › As Mughals faded, British force strengthened  East.

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2  Before British rule in India, the Mughal Empire had ruled › Started to lose power in the 1700s › As Mughals faded, British force strengthened  East India Company  British tried to introduce Western Culture to Indians › Christianity, end slavery, get rid of caste system, improve women’s status

3  Series of unpopular moves angered Indians  Forced Indian Soldiers to fight for British Army › Against religion  Allowed Hindu widows to remarry  Soldiers issued rifles › Cartridges were lined with animal fat  Had to tear off tip with their mouth  Cows were sacred to Hindus  Pigs forbidden to Muslims › Refused to load their rifles

4  When Soldiers refused to load their weapons, the Britsh imprisoned them › Caused massive rebellion  Many British were killed › Eventually British stopped rebellion  East India Company no longer in charge › India is now directly under the rule of the British Crown

5  India was rich with resources  Britain made India its brightest jewel in their empire › Built roads and set up railways  Could now transport goods all over › Telegraph improved communication › Suez Canal increased trade › Changed agriculture

6  Some Changes were good, some were bad › Increased medical technology caused huge population growth  Famine › Positives  Legal system promoted justice for all, despite caste  Railroads and communication allowed for travel  Higher education

7  Different views on Imperialism › Some Indians welcomed British rule › Some wanted more Indian influence in Government  By late 1800s many Indians started nationalist movements  Indian National Congress  Wanted more self rule


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