Imperialism,World War I and Revolution and Nationalism
I) As some of us know what imperialism is, I would like to start you off with a definition
for those who may not know what it is or what it means. Imperialism is a policy that one
strong nation wants to take over or dominate other countries economic, political, and
social forces. The reason is to take over land in all parts of the globe. An example of
Imperialism would be India.
The British came into India regulating the eastern side of
India. India still was in control; they had their own army, but were lead by British officers.
The reason why British cared about India, because of the resources that they had, such as
raw materials for their world’s largest workshops. Remember Britain was known for good
factories, clothing and other products because they started the industrial revolution. Then
the British started to set up restrictions for India that prevented them from operating the
economy. Then they ordered for India to produce raw materials, for Britain’s
manufacturing and to buy British finished goods. The British then built a railroad for the
raw materials to be shipped out, which then made India more valuable. The British started
to restrict Indian owned industries, they then felt and became second class citizens in their
own country. The Indians believed that with the British in control of their country that
they were trying to convert their religion to Christianity. The Indians were restricted many
things such as jobs, they had the same education as the British, but they didn’t get the
jobs, the British did.
Then came the Sepia Mutiny, when the Hidus and the Muslims then
started to fight with the British, to get back their country. Like I said the Indians felt like
they were second citizens in their own country. They reacted with war trying to fight with
the British and get back their country.