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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson B: Resistance to European Rule in India and SE Asia

Activity 3: Examining Perspective - British Soldiers Looting

Directions: Examine each image from the perspective of a British supporter of imperialism and also from the perspective of an Indian who does not support imperialism.

The following image was created in the 1850s. As you recall, after the Sepoy Mutiny/Great Rebellion, many areas of India rebelled. In this image, British soldiers recaptured a village that rebelled.

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Written Activity - Notebook

Think about the different perspectives that the British and Indians might have had during imperialism. In your notebook, respond to the following questions about this image:

  • How might a British person who supported imperialism view this image?
  • How might an Indian view this image?
  • Why might these two interpretations be different?