By Tim Leadbeater

Britain and India, 1845-1947 has been aimed in particular at scholars following the Edexcel necessities for this era at AS and A2. It charts the political, advertisement, and cultural dating among India and Britain in this time, detailing how this shifted as a result international wars. There also are chapters protecting the increase of nationalism in India and the trail to independence.

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Although not fighting for its existence, it was certainly contesting with equally powerful forces and was not invincible. Britain’s alliance with Russia (and France) meant that a wartime threat to India from the north was inconceivable. However, in the event of Britain’s defeat, then Russia might march in. This concentrated Indian minds on supporting the British war effort. On the other hand, even in the event of victory, the war would be likely to have weakened Britain’s power, creating much more favourable conditions for the nationalist movement.

In 1904, Curzon ordered Sir Francis Younghusband to lead an expedition to investigate. They encountered no Russians and annexed Tibet but only by machine-gunning monks trying to defend their territory. The image of a civilised, competent British Empire was seriously tarnished. 32 | Britain and India 1845–1947 Profile: Lord Curzon 1859–1925 1859 1885 1887 1891–2 1895–8 1899 January 1905 November 1925 – – – – – – – – Born in Derbyshire Entered Parliament Extensive travels in Asia Undersecretary for India Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Viceroy of India Resigned as Viceroy Died Curzon seems to have been fascinated by India and the Empire since his time at Eton, public school of the British élite.

Key question How did political protest re-emerge? The Ghadr movement Ghadr Translates as mutiny. Key term Most disturbing for the British were a number of mutinies. There were two early mutinies of Pathans in the winter of 1914–15 apparently caused by fear that they would be led by Muslim officers. Indian troops in Singapore had learned from reports and personal letters about the death toll at the Battle of the Somme (1916). A rumour that they were to embark for France led to a rampage and the killing of European civilians, including women.

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