By Tim Leadbeater
Britain and India, 1845-1947 has been aimed particularly at scholars following the Edexcel necessities for this era at AS and A2. It charts the political, advertisement, and cultural courting among India and Britain in this time, detailing how this shifted as a result of international wars. There also are chapters protecting the increase of nationalism in India and the trail to independence.
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Indeed, the ﬁghting between white European neighbours (and the family kinship of the Kaiser, the Tsar and the King-Emperor of Britain) could be described in the same terms as ‘communal’ ﬁghting between Indian Hindus and Muslims. This observation of European barbarity was aggravated by the sheer incompetence of the major campaign in which Indian troops were involved: Mesopotamia. The troops were shockingly under-equipped and badly led. Indian industry was not geared to production of weapons or vehicles and the British could not afford to divert supplies from the European war.
Now they feared the boot would be on the other foot. During the 1890s Muslim defence associations were formed. The decline and fall of Mughal power remained not just a historical disappointment, but a real personal problem of politics and religion. The religion of Islam obliged Muslims to work for the political dominance of Islam or to move to an existing Islamic country. In addition, Muslims owed an allegiance to the Khalifah, in the person of the reigning Sultan of Turkey. This international political dimension to the community of Islam was viewed with suspicion.
When you deal with these types of questions you are weighing up the evidence. Bear in mind that the evidence of the sources you are given will point in different directions. So, in this case, you will know immediately that there is some evidence suggesting acceptance of British rule and some evidence challenging that. First, sort points from the sources into two columns according to whether they suggest acceptance or questioning of British rule. Source 1 shows the queen to be sensitive to the feelings of the people, but her concerns could suggest that there is some evidence of resentment.
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