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A speech made by Winston Churchill in 1931
(G Bennett, The Concept of Empire, 1953)
Bennett, The Concept of Empire, 1953; speech made by Churchill, 1931
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 are the main arguments Churchill puts forward against Indian independence?
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