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As the Mughal Empire declined, Britain seizes Indian territory and soon it controls almost the whole subcontinent. BRITISH IMPERIALISM IN INDIA

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As the Mughal Empire declined, Britain seizes Indian territory and soon it controls almost the whole subcontinent. BRITISH IMPERIALISM IN INDIA Slide 2 Slide 3 BRITISH EXPAND CONTROL OVER INDIA Slide 4 British East India Company rules India until the 1850s. Company has its own army led by British officers Army is staffed by sepoys Indian soldiers. EAST INDIA COMPANY DOMINATES Flag of the British East India Company (right); A painting showing a sowar (sepoy), 6th Madras Light Cavalry of British India. Circa 1845 (below) Slide 5 India is Britains most valuable colony, or jewel in the crown. Forced to produce raw materials for British manufacturing Also forced to buy British goods BRITAINS JEWEL IN THE CROWN Slide 6 Railroads move cash crops and goods faster Trade in specific crops is tied to international events BRITISH TRANSPORT TRADE GOODS Slide 7 IMPACT OF COLONIALISM British hold much of political and economic power Cash crops result in loss of self-sufficiency and cause famine Indian life disrupted by missionaries and racist attitudes British modernize Indias economy, improve public health Slide 8 Slide 9 SEPOY MUTINY: UNDERLYING AND IMMEDIATE CAUSES Underlying Causes Religious Frictions: Some British officers actively attempted to convert the sepoys to Christianity although the British East India Company discouraged it. The sepoys resented imposing Christianity and Christian laws in India. Doctrine of the Lapse: The Company automatically seized land from a feudal leader who died without leaving an heir. Unfair justice system toward Indians. British officers accused of crimes against Indians were granted multiple appeals and advantages when being tried. High Caste Sepoys: The Bengal Army of sepoys were recruited from a higher caste of Indians. Therefore, if the high caste sepoys were considered to be "polluted", they would have to expend considerable sums of money on ritual purification before being accepted back into society. Immediate Cause The Enfield Rifle: It required the solder to bite the cartridge and hold the ball in his mouth when loading the rifle. The belief that the cartridge was lubricated with animal fat (either pork or beef) offended both Muslims and Hindus. Slide 10 The old gun: an India pattern smoothbore Brown Bess Musket. Notice this is a flintlock musket. 1853 Enfield Rifle-Musket. Notice this gun uses a percussion cap rather than a flint lock. Slide 11 SEPOY MUTINY Sepoys refuse to use cartridges of new rifles for religious reasons. Many Sepoys are jailed; others start the Sepoy Mutiny against the British Many Indians, especially Sikhs, remain loyal to the British British put down the rebellion and take direct command of India. Slide 12 Mangal Pandey: The Rising is an Indian movie based on the life of Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier who is known for his role in the Indian Mutiny of 1857. In March of 1857 Pandey gave a speech to his fellow sepoys encouraging them to mutiny. He then attacked a British officer. He was executed for these actions the following month. In his defense he claimed he did not know what he was doing, admitting he was under the influence of cannabis and opium. BOLLYWOOD FILM MANGAL PANDEY: THE RISING Slide 13 THE RISING, A BOLLYWOOD FILM TELLS THE STORY FROM THE INDIAN SIDE. Slide 14 Slide 15 Slide 16 Slide 17 Slide 18 MUTINY FROM THE BRITISH SIDE Slide 19 THE BRITISH RAJ Raj refers to British rule after India came under the British crown. Uprising increases distrust between British and Indians. Slide 20 Calls for Reforms In 1800s, Ram Mohun Roy leads modernization movement Many Indians adopt western ways and call for social reforms Indians resent being second- class citizens in their own country. NATIONALISM SURFACES IN INDIA Slide 21 Nationalist Groups Form Indian National Congress and Muslim League form Nationalists angered by partition of Bengal and the pressure forces Britain to divide it differently

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