History KS3: Customs and Culture

Dan Snow describes how the British embraced Indian customs in the 18th century both through changes in fashions and culture.

Some members of the Company were eager to learn about this new exotic place with its different customs, dress and culture.

Dan discusses Major General Charles Stuart and his adoption of Hindu practices, Indian languages and dress.

He talks about 18th century culture, orientalism, curiosity about India and an enlightenment mentality that was common during the period, as well as other cultural influences on British life, including hygiene.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could be asked to identify the different types of influences which the growth of the East India Company had.

They could focus on three areas: tastes and fashions in England, lifestyle of East India Company merchants, and the reaction of the Company to these influences.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching KS3 history in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Third / Fourth level in Scotland.

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