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A British newsreel from 1947 commenting on the end of British rule in India
(British Pathe: 1193.16, India Takes Over)
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British Pathe: 1193.16; newsreel on the end of the British rule in India, 1947
       
Running time: 2mins 58secs   help? Get Windows media player get plugin
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 How does the newsreel portray Britain's role in ruling India and in giving India independence?

5 According to the newsreel, what problems and challenges is the newly independent India facing?

 

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