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Humanities - The White Mans Burden.

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Introduction

Yasmin Rahman Humanities The White Mans Burden In "The White Mans Burden" by Rudyard Kipling there are three reasons that the British used to justify their imperialistic practices towards India. These reasons are to help the people, improve their economy, and convert the people. Evidence to support the presence of these reasons is found in the poem and the text Modern World history. First, one of the reasons is that the British wanted to help the Indian people. The British assumes that they are helping the Indian people by sharing their living with them but they're not really helping them because they caused famines. ...read more.

Middle

So Britain built a railroad to export the raw materials to Britain and three other countries. Then took products to India and sold it to the people to raise its economy. In the poem it says how the economy is better without kings and rulers.3 This is actually true because being ruled by a king you can get treated badly or the laws aren't fair and just. This railroad helped India have a modern economy that exists today. "India became economically valuable only after the British established the railroad."4 Third, The British were trying to convert Indian people because they thought that any religion was fine at first so they established hands off policy towards India's religion and tradition. ...read more.

Conclusion

Then the British broke the policy because they thought Catholicism was the main religion and so they threatened Indian traditional life. "Outspoken racist attitude of most British officials threatened Indian traditional life."6 In Conclusion these are only three reasons British used to justify their imperialistic practices in India. Which were only done for selfish needs. 1 Modern World history text, pg 323, paragraph 1, line 8 2 Modern World history text, pg 323, paragraph 1, line 10 3 The White Mans Burden, stanza 4-5 4 Modern World history text, pg 322, paragraph 2, line 1-2 5 Modern World history text, pg 323, paragraph 2, line 4 6 Modern World history text, pg 323, paragraph 1, line 15 ...read more.

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