Presentation on theme: "British Involvement in India (18th-19th Centuries)"— Presentation transcript:
1British Involvement in India (18th-19th Centuries)
2British Presence in India: 18th century Until 1750s – coastal presenceDuring and after 1750s – gradual military dominance and territorial acquisitions
3The British East India Company (EIC) Trade monopoly in Asia (since 1600)*3,000 shareholders*Annual profits of 2 million pounds*Headquarters/directors in LondonIndia – focal point of EIC trade – raw cotton and woven cotton cloth for importEIC settlements – Bombay, Madras, and Calcutta
4EIC Trade in India – First part of the 18th century Sophisticated economyProfitable for Europeans – no military interventionSecurity/stability guaranteed by the Mughals and nawabs
5Company Trade – “Company Men” Ambitious reps of the EICRelied on personal diplomatic skills and private armies of sepoys to protect their’s and company’s interests.Sepoys – Indian mercenary troops employed and trained by Europeans.
6British in Bengal Bengal – territory in NE India British presence – Calcutta1756 – Nawab overruns CalcuttaRobert Clive (“company man”) and British/sepoy troops overthrow Calcutta’s nawabBy 1765 – the EIC rules Bengal (granted by a weak Mughal Emperor)
7Robert Clive and Expansion of the British Presence in India *Arrived to India in 1743 – civil service for the EIC*Transferred to the military service of the EIC*Lost election to the House of Commons in England*Return to India in 1756 to take control of the British forces in Madras*Won the Battle of Plassey (1757), securing British control over BengalInternal weakness and political fragmentation in IndiaEuro.interference in India’s politics / “kingmakers”!!!
8European Rivalries in India The British vs. The French (and the Dutch)Seven Years’ War (ends in1763)Battle of Plassey (1757) – British win control of Bengal / decline of French presence in India
9Territorial Expansion in India – end of the 18th century British gov’t and EIC directors – againstCompany – involved in local politics/warsAnnexes, adds territoriesEconomic pressures / transformation
10British government of Indian territories (The British Raj) Largely done by the natives (indirect control and administration)Policies of “westernization, Anglicization, and modernization”- tax/property reforms, Christian missionaries,Support of local traditionsEnd of the century – India must be “saved” from backwardness…(education, religion, technology, economy, superstition, etc.)
11British presence in India – 19th century (The British Raj) Before –Combination of reforms and support for traditionsAfter 1857 – Direct control and conservatism!
12Before 1857: Mixture of “New and Old” “Civilizing” India included fostering “a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions in morals and in intellect.” (Thomas Macaulay, 1835)British presence strongest in urban areasAt the same time, the authority of Brahmins and caste separation grew stronger.
13Causes of 1857 Sepoy Uprising (Mutiny – British perspective) Long term causes:*Policies of Westernization (especially under the Marquess of Dalhousie, Governor – General in 1840s)- ”Doctrine of Lapse” + exclusion of high ranking Indians from civil and military offices- Perceived threat from Christianity (attack on tradition – sati, child marriage, infanticide, permission for widow’s to remarry)
15Sepoy Rebellion – Long Term Causes – cont. Economic causes:- Enforcement of Sale Laws- Increase in taxes / limited investment opportunities- British export and import policies (manufactured goods undermine Indian cotton industry)- Economic expansion (roads, canals, telegraph) at the expense of temples and shrines
16Importance of Indian Cotton (raw material) to the British Cotton exports from India
17Sepoy Rebellion – causes cont. Military causes: (immediate causes)The General Services Enlistment Act (1856)Challenges to Sepoy privileges (recruitment from various ethnic groups: Sikhs, Gurkhas, etc.)Breech loaded Lee- Enfield rifle (cartridges greased with animal fat) immediate cause
18The Sepoy Rebellion May, 1857 – July, 1858* Massacres/atrocities committed by each sideRebel leaders: Nana Sahib and Bahkt KhanLast Mughal ruler: Bahadur Shah – installed by the rebels as ruler in Delhi during the rebellionBritish forces and sepoy troops loyal to them put down the rebellion.Bahadur Shah
19What were the results of the uprising? Mughal rule/dynasty – officially endsThe Government of India Act of 1858 (transfer of power from the EIC to the “Crown”)Queen Victoria declared the Queen of India (Secretary of State for India (London) – Viceroy (governor-general) in India.British policy: conservatism and emphasis on traditions
20The Colonial (Imperial Stage) British policies in India:*Doctrine of Lapse – suppressed*The Viceroy’s council included Indians*Indian rajas’ treaties and Indian people’s traditions, customs, and religions were to be respected (less support for Christian missionaries)*Taxation system reformed (emphasis on export of Indian raw materials)Military recruitment from “martial races” – loyal to the British during the Sepoy rebellionDurbars
21Durbars Doesn’t this remind you of Theatre States? Elaborate ceremonies/parades designed to legitimize and celebrate political power of the British rule and native Indian elites.
22Social and economic changes in India – 19th century British investment in infrastructure / public works (railroads, canals, harbors, etc.)India’s main exports – cash crops (cotton, opium, tea, silk)Implementation of western style technologies, laws, and educationRise of India’s urban elites (merging of Western education and Indian cultural heritage)Greater mobility of population(+) - emergence of common national identity (Pan-Indian)(-) – spread of diseases (ex: kala mari)
23The Indian Civil Service (ICS) The ICS – Elite government officials/bureaucrats who administered British India after 1858.Composition of the ICS:*~1,000 officials – chosen by merit / British men – advantages in recruitment – based on racist attitudes*1870 – 1 Indian member*1887 – 57 Indian members*1914 – 5% Indian members* Indians and 588 British
24Development of Indian Nationalism The Sepoy Rebellion - ?Economic development = Pan-Indian identityEarly leaders – Western educated elites / middle class (ex: Rammohun Roy)Indian National Congress (1885) – early demands focused on economic opportunities and social changes within the British Raj.