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Papers from the trial of Warren Hastings, British Governor of Bengal, 1785
(Catalogue ref: PRO 30/8/357 f117)
Catalogue ref: PRO 30/8/357 f117; papers from trial of Governor Hastings, 1785
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Study this source carefully. Different parts of the source will contain clues about why the British became empire builders in India. As you study the source, ask yourself:
  • What is Warren Hastings accused of?
  • Do these accusations seem reasonable (use the useful notes to help you)?
  • What are the strengths of this source in terms of working out the motives of British empire builders in India?
  • What are the weaknesses of this source in terms of working out the motives of British empire builders in India?
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