History KS3 / GCSE: Gandhi

Andrew Marr describes how Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence during British led rule through a campaign of civil disobedience.

He explores the background to the campaign, the key events and negations, and Gandhi’s legacy through the 20th century.

Warning: There are some scenes of violence.

This is from the series: Andrew Marr's History of the World

Teacher Notes

Gandhi's concept of non-violent resistance and the role of civil disobedience were the corner-stones of his motive and methods to achieve Indian independence.

Ask students to make a list of the actions taken by Gandhi and place them in an order of significance and impact.

It might be used as the stimulus for a debate on the value and impact of peaceful protest in contemporary society.

Pupils could also discuss how 'The Empire' affected India and it's people.

How few benefits such as the railway system impacted on hundreds of thousands of people, including enslavement.

A study of India's independence movement might be followed up by this to provide an overview of issues, context and key characters.

As an extension, pupils might use this as part of a comparative investigation into key 20th century figures and political leaders

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and National 5 and Higher in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA Scotland.

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