The Impacts Of Imperialism In India

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The Impacts of Imperialism in India- DBQ Prior to imperialism in India, nothing had been built or improved upon. Once the British took over, however, there were many improvements made to the country. Imperialism is a policy of extending rule over a nations foreign countries. In this case, Britain was the colonizer and India was the colonized. Britain’s need for raw materials and markets to sell in which their goods is what motivated the imperialism of India. British imperialism was beneficial to the Indians because it provided peace for India, developed new infrastructure, and improved their standard of living. First off, British Imperialism was beneficial to Indians because it provided peace. The British pulled up Indian civilization- brought peace, introduced western style education, modern thought, modern science, and modern lifestyles. (Document 4). Dadabhai Naoroji, an Indian, describes the positive effect imperialism had on India. He said, “To sum up the whole, British rule has been -- morally, a great blessing; politically peace and order on one hand...” (Document 3). Naoroji recognized that imperialism was morally a blessing to Indians. Politically, it has brought peace and order, while also relieving oppression and banning the caste system. They also stopped infanticide, which saved lives and brought a new sense of peace to the country. British imperialism was not only beneficial to the Indians for the peace it brought, but also for the great development of infrastructure it provided. The British also helped India by developing it’s infrastructure. Infrastructure is the basic building blocks of a society. A societies foundation was made up of water, electricity, communication lines, and a transportation system. These things helped India’s industry develop and for people to trade and live freely. The British built new railways,
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