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Cartoon published in 1919 commenting on events at Amritsar
(©Solo Syndication, from British Cartoon Archive for the Centre for the Study of Cartoons & Caricature at the University of Kent: LSE 6183, by David Low)
Centre for the Study of Cartoons, University of Kent: LSE6183; events at Amritsar, 1919
How to use this source
1 Study this source carefully. Ask yourself whether the source supports or contradicts the view that:
  • The British left India as soon as the people wanted them to
  • The British left because of the actions of important individuals
  • The British were forced out by peaceful political protests
  • The British were forced out by armed resistance
  • The British wanted to leave because the area was causing them problems
2 If you were an admirer of the British empire, explain whether you would be able to use this source to support your viewpoint.

3 If you were a critic of the British empire, explain whether you would be able to use this source to support your viewpoint.

4 What impression do you get of British rule from this cartoon?
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