Hind Swaraj Historical Context.doc

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Political Science
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POL 1201
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Elizabeth Beaumont

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Hind Swaraj Historical Context India under the British Empire • 17-18th c. -- An Indian Empire arises over smaller kingdoms • European trading companies establish relationships, eventually leading to British colonization under the British East India Company ◦ This leads to industrialization and expansion of commerce favoring the interest of Britain and a wealthy class of Indians Gandhi's Life and Politics • Born in British ruled India, his father was a local politician • Studied law in England, and began to study teachings of non-violence ◦ The Bhagavad-Gita, a Hindu sacred scripture ◦ The Sermon on the Mount of the Christian Bible • Goes to S. Africa working as a lawyer, and emerges as leader of anti-discrimination efforts among Indians there • 1914 - Returns t
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