This lesson starts with an overview of Indian art and architecture during the Mughal period preceding the arrival of the British. It then traces how the British East India Company, formed as just a simple trading company. It traces how it got drawn into the wars and politics of India, at first just to defend its trading posts, but increasingly to extend its power over India until the British government took over the company's Indian possessions in 1857, thus making it the "crown jewel" of the British Empire. It also gives attention to the cultural clash between the Indians and British. It then wraps up with that the independence movement and how it finally triumphed in 1947.
In the PowerPoint, the color flowchart develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. There are also extensive photos with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes with lots of details and interesting trivia.
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