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An illustration showing the imperial durbar (ceremony) in 1877
(By permission of The British Library, J /9057il)
The British Library: J/9057i1; illustration of the imperial durbar, 1877
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Study this source carefully.
1 What impression does this source give of life in the British empire in terms of the following issues:
  • the treatment of native peoples in the British empire?
  • whether native people were involved in running their own countries?
  • the relationship between the British and the high ranking members of Indian society?
2 Explain whether you think this source gives a positive or negative view of the empire.

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