Imperialized Colonies Gaining Independence During World War I

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During World War I, many countries were at fierce battling grounds including trenches and
machine gun nests. Although most of the battles took place in Europe, revolutions and revolts took place
all around the globe including the imperial colonies that were dominated by the Europeans. These colonies
sought their oppurtunities to establish independance while their imperial nations were at the culmination of war.
South Asia and the Middle East both sought their independance from the help of weakening European imperial powers and
a boost of nationalism, but there were key differences in the ways this independance was achieved.

The middle east and south asia played very important roles for their imperial nations. They provided lots money
through cheap cash crops, such as cotton and they also provided food. This caused most of the peasants of these countries
to suffer from famine. The British were also give these people low salaries in their home countries and limited opportunies. After
European nations had a shortfall of soldiers due to intense fighting in the war, they depended on the imperial colonies serve with the english
and french military. This will help these countries grow to receive their independance from the European nations through nationalism. The
British also placed factories in these nations so that they can be far from the war zone and still provide England with quality goods.

In South Asia, India was being lead by the National Congress Party. It was lead by western educated Indian lawyers , who were very aggrevated by british racism. The movement starts with B.G. Tilak, he was a militant nationalist that wanted any means nessecary to separate from the british. He believed that since hindus made up most of India's population the movement must appeal to them. This would split the Indian Nationist Movement...

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