Access to History. Britain and India 1845-1947 by Tim Leadbeater

By Tim Leadbeater

Britain and India, 1845-1947 has been aimed particularly 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 of international wars. There also are chapters masking the increase of nationalism in India and the trail to independence.

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The British in India were dismayed by this whole-hearted support 50 | Britain and India 1845–1947 for nationalist demands. How could similar demands within India be denied? As a recognition of its sacrifice, but also perhaps in the new mood of nation-building, India was permitted its own representatives at the Imperial War Conference of 1917. This gave it a status comparable to the self-governing Dominions of the British Empire. The conference was called to discuss the shape of the eventual political settlement after the expected victory of the Allied powers.

You must make a permanent cause of grievance. Store up the grievances till they are removed. Partition [of Bengal] grievance will be the edifice for the regeneration of India. After his deportation to Burma, however, Tilak was a changed man. He rejected violent methods and Hindu victories. He helped bring about the Lucknow Pact between Congress and the Muslim League and supported the Khilafat movement. Tilak’s extremist movement had been shut out of Congress by Gokhale, but its methods and ambitions lived on in the campaigns of Gandhi.

Their final tactic was a proposal to change the constitution of Congress so that members would be obliged to accept the objective of selfgovernment within the British Empire. In other words, it would be impossible to be a member of Congress and support radical demands. The moderates wanted no more debate on the subject and preferred simply to change the rules. The heated proceedings were reported in the (Manchester) Guardian newspaper. ’ and proceedings were suspended. When they resumed, Tilak asked to speak, was ignored and promptly started to interrupt the president’s opening speech.

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