How Was Clothing Used To Resist British Colonial a

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In the early years of the British Empire, Britain held colonial rule in South Asia, primarily in India. This interest in the construction of the empire has come to be seen as a cultural project of control, which has set the agenda for the academic study of modern Indian culture for decades. In the following essay I intend to first discuss the British Raj in India, to establish a foundation on which to discuss the colonial authority in India. I will discuss the colony geographically and statistically and then in terms of character and the methods used to achieve control. Next I will look briefly at the general history of the importance of clothing in Indian culture and how it has been used for social change. Finally I will look at how Indians used clothing, both European to advance in the business world and society and with more precedence, traditional clothing to resist British colonial authority and interference, in the hope of proving that clothing has been an important part of the history of both colonialism and anti-colonialism. British colonial rule in South Asia is commonly known as The British Raj (or reign). The region, commonly called India in contemporary usage, included areas directly administered by Britain, as well as the princely states ruled by individual rulers under the paramountcy of the British Crown. After 1876, the resulting political union was officially called the ‘Indian Empire’ and issued passports under that name. The system of governance was instituted in 1858 when the rule of the British East India Company was transferred to the Crown in the person of Queen Victoria (and who in 1877 was proclaimed Empress of India). It lasted until 1947, when the British Indian Empire was partitioned into two sovereign dominion states: the ‘Union of India’ (later the ‘Republic of India’) and the ‘Dominion of Pakistan’ (later the ‘Islamic Republic
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