History 1 Unit 2

History 1 Unit 2 - HistoryUnit2 [email protected]

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History Unit 2 Send to [email protected] 2/27/12 Subduing a Continent Orientalism o Western culture’s fascination with the non‐western “Other” o Generally condescending and reductionist (stereotyping) o Reflects one society’s fears, desires onto another o i.e.; tyranny, superstition, deviance, etc. o Tied to “universalist” nature of western culture Importance o Why did Orientalism emerge? o Can justify status quo o “Oriental” societies are static, backwards o Can justify intervention o “Oriental” societies shouldn’t be static, backwards o can justify resistance o “Oriental” societies resist because they are static, backwards The British Foothold o Battle of Plassey (1757) Gave BEIC a permanent foothold in Bengal o BEIC influence spreads throughout India o Hands‐off imperialism: economic, not political power o Extraction policy (tea, indigo, silks, opium, taxes) Boosted British economy, stunted Indian growth The Expansion of British Rule o
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