Indian Mutiny

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The Causes of the Indian Mutiny

The Indian Mutiny (also known as the first war of independence) had many factors, forces and events which contributed to it's cause, some of which include cultural, religious and the political forces and also the Einfield Riffle. The changes in culture that the British had made in India, created a lot of discontent and there was a lot of anti-British feelings that were growing amongst the landlords. Many people believed that the advent of the steamships were the cause, as they reduced the time travelling to England which lead to the wives and children coming out and spending less time with their sepoys and Indian mistresses, and this affected the close relationship of the British and Indian, as it began to deteriorate. The arrival of the Christian missionaries caused uncomfortablness for the Indians. Due to the lack of understanding that the Christians had of the Muslim and Hindu religion, the Indian's began to fear that the British's intentions were to spread Christianity throughout India, althought they did bring a lot of Western influences. The Governor General, William Bentinck, from 1828 to 835, introduced reforms such as putting an end to child marriages and supression of Sati. The political forces, which had a significant effect on the cause of the Indian Mutiny included the Doctrine of Lapse. According to the Doctrine, any state or territory under the influence of the British East India Company, as a dependant state under the British Subsidiary System, would automatically be appropriate if the land owner did not leave a male hier through natural process, the land became the property of the British East Indian Company. The Governer General Dallhousie used this doctrine to prossess multiple Indian kingdoms. This process lead to the Oudh's over taking. Once the British had given the notice that Bahadur Shar II Mughual leader in Dehli, both Hindus and Muslims became more alienated. Heavy taxes were being placed on the...
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