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How did Victorian values affect life in the British Empire?

How did Victorian values affect life in the British Empire?

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  • How did Victorian values affect life in the British Empire?
  • Duration: 08:01
  • Many early British colonists in India – usually men of the East India Company – admired and respected Indian culture and embraced it, including marrying Indian women. However, changing attitudes back in Britain began to find their way to India and a much greater division between the British and the Indian people began to emerge. Christian missionaries carried these new British values, and so did the wives of colonists (Memsahibs) coming to join husbands out in India. British life and rule in India became more about preserving and even spreading British values than accommodating or adopting Indian values. The British even started to live further apart from the Indians they ruled. Despite trying to preserve a British way of life in many cases the colonists found it hard to preserve their actual lives. Disease and climate took a heavy toll with many gravestones showing children and women in their 20s. First broadcast on BBC One in February and March 2012 as part of the series Empire.
  • Subject:



    Empires and Decolonisation

  • Keywords: EmpirePaxman, colony, legacy, impact, values, Christian, missionary, memsahib, Jeremy Paxman, Ootacamund, bungalow, Rudyard Kipling, Grace Gardiner, St. Stephen's Church
Ideas for use in class
  • Questions to ask: Can you understand why the British tried to export their views and attitudes to India? With hindsight, do you think it helped to strengthen British rule or weaken it?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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