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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

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

Activity 5: Examining Perspective - Hand Car

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 is an early form of photography taken around 1895, by which time Great Britain had complete control of all aspects of India. One of the major achievements of the British in India was the construction of one of the largest railroad networks in the world.

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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?