Chapter 6: Relations with Indigenous Peoples

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Indian Mutiny 


  • Mutiny came as a result of rebellion from Indian sepoys (high ranking military officers)
  • Angered by use of animal fat in gun cartridges
  • Landlords/nobles were deprived of land by British Govenor-General Dalhousie

Initially began with refusal to follow orders - led to fiercer aggression against British officials and Europeans. 

Support from locals who wanted to resurrect Mughal Empire, but was short lived and limited to where it spread.


  • India passed over to Crown Control with Govt. of India Act 1958 from chartered rule
  • Devestated cities/communities/people on both sides
  • Extension of British presence in India 
  • Fuelled British arrogance of Indian 'savages'
  • Further seperation of ruled/ruler 

Benefits and drawback of British Raj 

  • Infrastructure via railways were buit across India
  • New job opportunities in Government posts 
  • Schools/univsersities built (Uni. Bombay/Calcutta) taught western education
  • New irrigation/land improvement schemes set up 
  • Cheap British manufacturing was brought to India 
  • Railways were built with the inention of maintaining control 
  • Jobs were limited to an educated minority 
  • Education was limited to the privileged few
  • Irrigation/land schemes were designed with British commercial insterests in mind favouring more expensive cash crops


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