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They preserved the hindu caste system because they

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Unformatted text preview: al post office and began to construct a nationwide network of railroads and telegraph lines. They preserved the Hindu caste system because they could use it for their own purposes, by making themselves the highest caste in the hierarchy. Railroad trains and all public accommodations, were segregated by caste, and the superior place was taken by the British. All the policies just described increasingly alienated the Indian people, and in 1857 this boiled over in the Sepoy Rebellion (1857-59), also known as British East India Company Rule, 1818-1857 the Great Mutiny. Indian soldiers began the mutiny 1818 was a watershed year in British involvement when a rumor went around that new rifle cartridges were lubricated with beef and pig fat (the soldiers had in India. First of all, it signifies the date when all of India was brought under British control. Moreover, at to tear the cartridges open with their teeth, and Muslims can’t eat pork while Hindus can’t eat beef). about this time the British relationship with and The mutiny quickly spread to a number of regions attitude toward India began to change. The English assimilation into Indian culture ended, as they began which declared their independence. The struggle was to feel superior to Indians. They began to think of the extremely violent with widespread atrocities committed by both sides. It took more than a year Hindu religion as barbarous and Hindu society as before the British were finally able to suppress it. backward. The British succeeded because of their superior English missionaries began to pour into India balance of payments. Just as in the case of China, England bought more goods from India than it sold to India: the British used silver currency to buy tea, spices, ivory, and cotton cloth for silver. As the Mughal Empire declined, in the eighteenth century, civil wars and violence flared up across India. England took advantage of this through a policy of “divide and conquer.” England’s opportunity for conquest cam...
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