Famine and Disease in British Colonial India Research Paper by jaimie

Famine and Disease in British Colonial India
A discussion on the effects of the great famines in India on disease and mortality rates and the contributions and responsibilities of Britain as a parent country.
# 75200 | 1,467 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | AU
Published on Dec 06, 2006 in History (Asian)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


The paper starts with a summary of conditions in pre-colonial India and continues through to the birth of the public health sector in 19th century England. It then discusses the effects of drought on India and the results of the great famines on both agriculture and industry, looking at the responsibility of Britain in terms of preventing disaster via prevention and aid strategies and their ultimate failure in both areas. The spread of disease, in particular cholera is explored and again, Britain's contribution in this area is discussed.

From the Paper:

"The colonisation of India was, for the British, the proverbial jewel in the crown, a new land of vast resources, unsystematic government and an animal-like people who, at best, were a cheap source of labour. But as the drought of 1876 decimated the population in a famine as cruel as any the Europeans had experienced, it became apparent that the British government would need to take steps to prevent a repeat of the devastating mortality rates produced by such a phenomenon. A certain responsibility to their precious colony would have to be shown."

Cite this Research Paper:

APA Format

Famine and Disease in British Colonial India (2006, December 06) Retrieved March 26, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/famine-and-disease-in-british-colonial-india-75200/

MLA Format

"Famine and Disease in British Colonial India" 06 December 2006. Web. 26 March. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/famine-and-disease-in-british-colonial-india-75200/>