Anglo French rivalry and Carnatic Wars

Carnatic Wars Political Situation in India on the eve of British-French Rivalry Since the 15th century when Europeans first arrived in India the fight for supremacy between rival factions became a part of the Indian history. But the Anglo-French struggles should get special mentions, as their role in shaping the course of modern India is … Read more

Structure of Government and economic policies of British Empire in India (1757- 1857) : Administrative organization, Social and Cultural policies

Structure of Government and economic policies of British Empire in India (1757- 1857) : Administrative organization, Social and Cultural policies Structure of government under east India company (1757-1857) When the officials of the East India Company acquired control over Bengal in 1765, they had little intention of making any innovations in its administration. They only … Read more

Administrative changes after 1858

Administrative changes after 1858 The Revolt of 1857 gave a severe jolt to the British administration in India and made its re-organization inevitable. The Government of India’s structure and policies underwent significant changes in the decades following the Revolt. Changes in Administration By the Act of Parliament of 1858, the power to govern India was … Read more

Socio-religious reform movements in the 19th century: Brahmo Samaj, Arya Samaj, Theosophical Society

Socio-religious reform movements in the 19th century: Brahmo Samaj, Arya Samaj, Theosophical Society India has a long history of socio-religious reform movements. However, the present work focuses on the social reform movements of Nineteenth century only. The reforms by definition entail change or replacement of the institutions, which have become functionally irrelevant(totally or partly) to … Read more

Opposition to British rule :- Tribal and non – military revolts, popular movements and military revolts

Tribal Movement Tribal movements or rebellions or uprising in India were inspired by revolutionary tendencies. They wanted to make use of the situation to fight and eliminate evils and ill-tendencies that existed in the contemporary tribal society. The Tribal population, being conservative, was interested in retaining the existing salient features of their society. Tribal movements … Read more

Economic Impact of British rule. Impact of Industrialization on Indian economy

India’s traditional village economy was characterised by the “blending of agriculture and handicrafts”.  But this internal balance of the village economy had been systematically slaughtered by the British Government. In the process, traditional handicraft industries slipped away, from its pre-eminence and its decline started at the turn of the 18th century and proceeded rapidly almost … Read more

Indian National Movement: Nationalism and Congress

ORIGIN OF NATIONALISM The rise of Nationalism is reflected in the spirit of Renaissance in Europe when freedom from religious restrictions led to the enhancement of national identity. This expression of Nationalism was furthered by the French Revolution. The political changes resulted in the passing of sovereignty from the hands of an absolute monarch to … Read more

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