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The Rise of Nationalism 1858–1900

Peter Heehs

in India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780195627985
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080670 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195627985.003.0005

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

The Rise of Nationalism 1858–1900

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The first section of this chapter discusses the general factors in the growth of nationalism. The second section describes the administration of India after 1858. The third section considers early attempts at nationalist organization. The fourth section examines Lord Ripon and the Ilbert Bill controversy. The last section discusses the Indian National Congress. The brutal suppression of the Revolt of 1857 was the cause of much enmity against the British. Between 1858 and 1905 British rule in India was at its strongest. England had become the centre of an empire that included one-quarter of the world’s area and population. India was its most valuable possession, and its hold on the country seemed permanent. But during this same period, a current of national feeling began to flow through India. Soon this swelled into a stream that in half a century swept the mighty British Raj away.

Keywords: Indian National Congress; Lord Ripon; Ilbert Bill controversy; Revolt of 1857; British rule; nationalism

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