History KS3: The Seven Years War

Dan Snow explains how the East India Company defeated France during the Seven Years War.

This war was driven by antagonism between England and France over their colonial and trading interests.

They both hoped to become the greatest European power on the Indian subcontinent.

This led to the build-up of the East India Company's armies and the recruitment of local troops or ‘Sepoys’.

Today’s Indian Army regiments are direct descendants of these armies.

It features accounts of the Black Hole of Calcutta, Battle of Plassey, and Robert Clive.

The East India Company ended up ruling Bengal and the British were thus in a position of unrivalled supremacy in India.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as part of an investigation into the reasons why the East India Company was able to establish unrivalled supremacy in India.

Pupils could be asked to think about the role of a range of factors, such as military success, impact of the ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’, the role of Robert Clive and diplomacy, etc.

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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