The Impact Of British Colonization On The British Empire And Its Colonization Of Much Of The World

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Some see the British Empire and its colonization of much of the world as all bad. While it is true they have hindered and hurt many nations and cultures, they also did bring some good to their colonies. India is a nation perfect to show the influence of British colonization, they have the largest English speaking population outside of the US at 125 million people fluent in English, they have adopted much of British’s government policies and framework, and lastly the game of Cricket. British involvement on the Indian subcontinent began early in the 17th Century through the British East India Company and its business ventures and dealings. The early British Empire was composed of several self-governing colonies. To start a major positive effect was the British’s aid and improvements on infrastructure. “They had improved telephones and paved roads, brought cars, trains, and postal networks. This was a positive effect because it boosted the economy, standard of living and the flow of information and people.” (Nechtman). Though this had most likely been done to improve the colonizers lifestyle, it was not to be taken for granted. The improvement of rail ways was an extraordinary feature brought by the British, it had opened trade, transportation, and linked much of India’s sub states together. The development of the vast and intricate railroad network throughout India brought prosperity and had been beneficial for India as the Indian regions were connected via rail were now becoming more cohesive and intertwined. Railroads transported raw products from the interior to the ports and manufactured goods back again the other way. Most of the raw products were agricultural products produced on plantations. Plantation crops included tea, cof... ... middle of paper ... ...r by their new post colonial government. There is no doubt that the British had left their mark on India from culture to economy and infrastructure. After all they did colonize for more than 300 years. “To sum up the whole, the British rule has been: morally, a great blessing; politically, peace and order on one hand, blunders on the other; materially, impoverishment, relieved as far as the railway and other loans go. The natives call the British system "Sakar ki Churi," the knife of sugar. That is to say, there is no oppression, it is all smooth and sweet, but it is the knife, notwithstanding. I mention this that you should know these feelings. Our great misfortune is that you do not know our wants. When you will know our real wishes, I have not the least doubt that you would do justice. The genius and spirit of the British people is fair play and justice” (Naoroji)
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