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Do you agree with the view that in the years before the First World War, there was willing and widespread Indian cooperation to British rule?

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History Key Assignment Cover Sheet Name: Selina Date: Ly Essay Title: Do you agree with the view that in the years before the First World War, there was willing and widespread Indian cooperation to British rule? Word Count (excluding references): 1070 Feedback from previous essay: (ï¼ below) I have acted on feedback from my previous essay I have planned the essay carefully prior to writing yep My essay is structured properly – it has an introduction, organised paragraphs and a conclusion yep I have read over the essay carefully and corrected any spelling/grammatical/factual errors yep I have included footnotes yep I have included a bibliography with at least three books / articles no Do you agree with the view that in the years before the First World War, there was willing and widespread Indian cooperation to British rule? It can be argued that in the years before the First World War, there was willing and widespread cooperation from the Indians to British rule. Even though there was a lot of dispute between the Indians about the partition of Bengal, many Indians stayed loyal and cooperated with British rule and their ideals; source 1 certainly argues with this. However sources 2 and 3 present that fact that there was some cooperation but not entirely; it was up to the Indians whether they cooperated with British rule or not. ...read more.


Moreover the way Piers Brendon describes the way the Indians reacted towards the visit, from King George V, suggest that not only were they pleased to see him but were honoured and saw it as almost sacred, ?salaamed to the ground, threw dust on their heads, and the women made a guttural sound in their throats which is always kept for the temple.?[8] This goes against source 1?s interpretation of Indian cooperation as it shows them respecting British rule and honouring it. However half way through the source Bredon agues that critics of British rule stated to retaliate, they said ?festivity insulted poverty and that frivolity diminished dignity?[9] this showed that they didn?t like how the British were influencing the people of India; festivals offended the poor and playfulness destroyed their dignity. Even though some Indians, the Hindus, were pleased with the reunification of Bengal ?Muslims were horrified?[10] which made them rebel ?it rivalled them in violence?[11] this resulted in the Viceroy being badly injured. This demonstrates how violent some Indians and the fact that the viceroy was ?injured by a bomb attack?[12] shows just how violent they got showing the small amount of people who actually cooperated with the British rule. The fact that the book this source was taken from is called ?The Decline and Fall of the British Empire? shows that the British rule in India did fall but whether ...read more.


The Indian national congress were against British rule because they felt rejected by the British and knew they weren?t being treated equally to the British; ?The reality was that Indian nationalism was not fuelled by the poverty of the many, but by the rejection of the privileged few.?[16] Showing the lack of cooperation from the Indians, which is supported by the evidence in source 1, where it says that nationalists were attacked by the police on order from the British. In conclusion, the three sources largely disagree with the statement that before the First World War there was willing and widespread Indian cooperation to British rule. They only have small bits of information about whether India cooperated with Britain and they only talked about certain event which occurred during the time before the First World War not their overall cooperation. Thus proving that, there wasn?t much willing and widespread Indian cooperation as only certain groups of Indians actually wanted to support the British. ________________ [1] Stanley Wolpert, A New History of India, published in 1977 [2] Ibid. [3] Ibid. [4] Ibid. [5] Idid. [6] Idid. [7] Piers Brendon, The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781 ? 1997, published in 2007 [8] Ibid. [9] Ibid. [10] Ibid. [11] Ibid. [12] Ibid. [13] Niall Ferguson, Empire, published 2003 [14] Ibid. [15] Ibid. [16] Ibid. ...read more.

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