James Mill Divided Indian History into Three Periods Namely ____ (A) Ancient, Medieval and Modern (B) North, Middle and South (C) Hindu, Muslim and British (D) National, Regional and Local

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Updated on: November 14th, 2023

James Mill divided Indian history into three periods namely Hindu, Muslim, and British. He mentioned this in his famous work called ‘A History of British India’ which was widely accepted. He believed that all Asian societies were at a lower level of civilization than Europe. Before the British arrived in India, Hindu, and Muslim despots ruled the country, he claimed.

Division of Indian History

James Mill was a Scottish economist and political philosopher. He published a massive three-volume work, A History of British India. He felt British rule could civilize India. The introduction of European manners, arts, institutions, and laws in India was necessary for this.

  • He proposed that the British conquer all of India in order to ensure the enlightenment and happiness of the Indian people.
  • Without British assistance, India, he claimed, was incapable of progress.
  • The British ruled India for a long time, and this fact is true.
  • They pillaged India’s wealth and resources at the time.
  • At the same time, they established a few important things in India, one of which are the railways.
  • They built bridges and beautiful architecture in India that is still in use today.
  • Due to these developments despite the pillaging, some European philosophers like James Mill believed that the British did a favor by conquering India.

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