The Man Who Would be King - Anand Chamarthy WHAP 6 March 2,...

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The Man Who Would be King 1. Demonstrate how the movie can be said to represent or create parallels to the people, places, or concepts of imperialism listed below? – The Europeans at first were content to leave Asian social systems intact. They formed a new class on top of existing hierarchies. The previous rulers performed most of the daily administrative tasks. The Europeans had to accommodate themselves to indigenous culture in order to survive. They adopted local styles of dress, food, housing, work habits, and political symbols. Since most of the Europeans were men, they lived with and married indigenous women. The British and Dutch were not interested in changing local social or cultural life until early in the nineteenth century. Rampant corruption among British East India Company officials from the 1770s, which contributed to a disastrous famine in Bengal, forced reform. The company was made more accountable to the British government. More sweeping reforms came during the 1790s; besides reducing corruption and reducing local British officials' power, they severely constricted Indian participation in the administration. At about the same time, forces building both in Britain and India caused major shifts in policy regarding social reform for subject peoples. The evangelical religious revival worked to end the slave trade and Indian social abuses. Utilitarian philosophers advocated the introduction of British institutions and ideas along with the eradication of social abuses. Both groups agreed that Western education in the English language was the key to reform. The ending of sati of Hindu widows was a particular focus of reform. A broad range of the essential components of
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course HISTORY 23424 taught by Professor Ditmire during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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