Dbq 17: British Imperialism in Africa

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DBQ 17 British imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries resulted in negative and positive effects on India and Britain itself. The British were positively affected by imperialism, while India was both positively and negatively affected by the imperialism. Indian natives had no say in government, and were pretty much ruled over, but were also positively affected, like adopting a parliamentary system of government. Britain was positively affected and gained mass amounts of natural resources and processed them, also known as mercantilism. There were many positive affects to Imperialism in India. According to document 1, Under British direction, “garden spots” can yield tropical produce for the British. In return, they bring manufactured goods and food stuffs to the garden spot areas. The colonizer brought over the benefits of civilization also. India didn’t have the strength to build up their own civilization, so when the British came, they gave them aid in creating one. According to document 2, some positive affects for India during the imperialism were a British system of government. This was known as a “knife of sugar”. This means that the system was very smooth and had no oppression. The British introduced a parliamentary system of government to the Indians. As stated in document 3 by Romesh Dutt, “Englishman has given the people of India the greatest human blessing – peace.” They have introduced Western Education. This has brought an ancient and civilized nation in touch with modern thought, modern sciences, and modern life. This means that the British have positively affected India because they brought over their knowledge and educated the natives, which results in more skilled workers. They also modernized India with their economic system of Mercantilism, and their parliamentary form of government. According to document 4, J.A.R. Marriot states “Means of
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