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1 DIVIDE AND CONQUER! THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BRITISH RULE IN INDIA 1710- 1785 Gradual decay of Mughal Empire; British East India Co. defeats French rivals, gains control of Bengal 1785- 1823 Company troops conquer Mysore & the Maratha Confederacy, defeat Nepal and Burma 1838-42 First Afghan War leads to catastrophic defeat for the British 1845-49The Punjab is conquered in the Sikh Wars 1857-58 The great Sepoy Rebellion leads to direct rule by the British Crown 1877Queen Victoria becomes “Empress of India”

2 The Mughal Empire, 1530-1857 It achieved its greatest power in the reigns of: Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) Emperor Aurangzeb (1658-1707) But old princely houses and new war lords gained control of many regions thereafter…

3 The English Fort at Bombay [Mumbai], 1672. The English East India Company was founded in 1600 and acquired bases at Madras in 1639, Bombay in 1664, and Calcutta in 1696.

4 The first stage of British rule, 1785: The French at Pondicherry began to intervene in local civil wars in 1740, but the British proved far more successful. The Maratha Confederacy and Rajpootana were conquered in 1818.

5 Robert Clive installed an ally as Nawab of Bengal by defeating 50,000 Indian troops with 1,000 Europeans and 2,000 sepoys: “Robert Clive and Mir Jafar after the Battle of Plassey, 1757”

6 Sepoy Grenadiers, ca. 1800. The Company recruited them from both Muslim warrior families and high-caste Hindu Brahmins and Rajputs

7 Clive: “To stop is dangerous; to recede, ruin.” Warren Hastings, Governor- General of India, 1773-85 The Marquess Wellesley, Governor, 1798-1805

8 “Colonel Mordaunt’s Cock Match” (at the court of the Nawab of Oudh, 1785)

9 Joshua Reynolds, “George Clive and His Family with an Indian Maid” (1765): By 1789 returned “nabobs” held 45 of the 558 seats in the House of Commons.

10 East India Company recruiting poster, England, 1810: In 1836 there were about 17,000 British troops in India

11 Many different peoples live in Afghanistan. Pashtuns make up about 40% of the population, and Tajiks, 30%

12 “The Opening in to the Narrow Path above Siri Bolan” 1839: A surgeon with the British army painted this scene of the march toward Kabul

13 THE COMPANY’S WORST DEFEAT: THE FIRST AFGHAN WAR, 1838-42 May 1838 Lord Auckland and William Macnaghten resolve to depose Dost Mohammad as Emir of Afghanistan and replace him with Shah Shuja April-Aug 1839 British army of 12,000 troops occupies Kandahar and then Kabul Oct 1841 Budget cuts by the Company encourage a national uprising, led by Akbar Khan Dec 1841- Jan 1842 Macnaghten is killed trying to bribe Akbar Khan; 3,500 troops & 12,000 camp followers evacuate Kabul, and most of them perish March 1842 “Army of Retribution” invades Afghanistan, rescues hostages, and restores Dost Mohammad to the throne

14 The original British advance took the indirect route through Kandahar, but the panicky evacuation of Kabul took the direct route through the Khyber Pass

15 “Remnants of an Army” (William Brydon arrives at the gates of Jalalabad at the end of January 1842)

16 Artillery of the Sikh Khalsa, the most modern Asian army

17 Map of the Battle of Aliwal, January 28, 1846: The British plan of attack was the simplest possible

18 Charge of the 16th Lancers, Battle of Aliwal, Jan. 1846: They broke two Sikh infantry squares and decided the battle

19 Raja Lal Singh, general of the Khalsa Colonel Samshur Bahardur Singh, his grandson, fought for the British in World War I

20 British dominions in 1857, on the eve of the “Great Mutiny” (or “Indian War of Independence”)

21 Reforms of Lord Dalhousie, Governor-General, 1848-1856 Western-style land tenure The Doctrine of Lapse: if any prince died without a direct male heir, the principality reverted to company rule Grossly incompetent or cruel rulers were deposed Sepoys were obliged to serve overseas New Enfield rifles were introduced, with cartridges coated in animal fat

22 “The death of Colonel Finnis on the parade ground at Meerut,” Illustrated London News, 1857

23 Bahadur Shah II, the last Mughal Emperor Nana Sahib, whom the British refused to recognize as Maharaja of Cawnpore

24 Fortunately for the British, only about 1/6 of India was affected by disturbances. Many Indians did benefit from British reforms.

25 THE “GREAT MUTINY,” 1857/58 (or Sepoy Rebellion, or War of National Independence) March 29, 1857 Mangal Pande of the 34 th Bengal NI vows to shoot the first white man he sees May 10 Rebellion in Meerut and massacre of European women and children; rebels withdraw to Delhi June/July Nana Sahib massacres the defenders of Cawnpore plus 125 women & children September British troops capture Delhi and arrest Bahadur Shah March 1858Sir Colin Campbell takes Lucknow March 1859Tanti Topi, the last rebel general, is hanged

26 Memorial Well at Cawnpore (1860), where 125 European women and children were murdered

27 “General Havelock’s Attack on Nana Sahib at Futtyporer, 1857”

28 The mass execution of Sepoy rebels by the British in Peshawar, 1857

29 Queen Victoria, Proclamation of November 1, 1858 (see Scott Cook, p. 119) “We hold ourselves bound to the natives of our Indian territories by the same obligations of duty which bind us to all our other subjects…. “Firmly relying ourselves on the truth of Christianity, …we disclaim alike the right and desire to impose our convictions on any of our subjects. We declare it to be our royal will and pleasure that none be in anywise favoured, none molested or disquieted, by reason of their religious faith or observances, but that all alike shall enjoy the equal and impartial protection of the law.... “And it is our further will that, so far as may be, our subjects, of whatever race or creed, be freely and impartially admitted to offices in our service, the duties of which they may be qualified, by their education, ability, and integrity, duly to discharge.”

30 The great “durbar” held in Delhi in 1877 to celebrate the proclamation of Queen Victoria as Empress of India

31 Sir Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) 1865: Born in Bombay to an educated English family, sent to boarding school in England at 6 1882: Not yet 17, he returns to India to work as a journalist 1889/90: Travels across USA, settles in London to be a writer 1907: Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature 1914-16: Appeals for volunteers for the British army and U.S. intervention in the First World War


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