British Imperialism: The Pros And Cons Of British Rule

During the late 1800s, Western European nations like Great Britain began to use the term imperialism, to justify using their powers over weaker countries around the world. Two countries who were impacted by imperialism were Nigeria and India. Imperialism was very beneficial for the European and American powers, but had a negative impact on the countries who faced this which would lead to issues. One example that gives insight to how India was impacted by Britain’s imperialism, is Dadabhai Naoroji’s speech, “The Pros and Cons of British Rule.” Naoroji, a man born into a prosperous family, left his math career so he can fight for better conditions for India. After moving to Britain, Naoroji was able to become the first Indian to ever join Britain’s …show more content…
His book is a 1958 novel set in Nigeria 1857, to give the perspective what it would have been like to encounter missionaries for the first time as a …show more content…
The first main similarity is that both Nigeria and India were imperialized by Great Britain during the late 1800s. In India, the British came gradually starting from the East India Company and then ending up having direct rule over the country. The same goes for Nigeria how the missionaries came and in the beginning nothing happened, but over time, slowly Nigerians were being converted to Protestant Christians and following western values. The difference is seen in how these countries were imperialized by Britain. In India’s case, they were imperialized through force and military power. In Nigeria, they were imperialized slowly through missionaries. The ways each country was imperialized can contribute to the way the people viewed British imperialism. In Naoroji’s speech, he talks about the pros and cons India has faced, but the cons seem to outweigh the pros. In Achebe’s story, it seems like most of the people were more tolerable of the missionaries except for the few elders who stuck to their roots. From looking at the information from the lectures, sources, and readings it is easy to see the good and bad impacts imperialism had on countries like India and Nigeria. Most of the benefits went to Britain while the people of India and Nigeria received the small end of the

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