Review of “Materialism, Mutiny and Modernization in British India” by Ira Klein

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Review of “Materialism, Mutiny and Modernization in British India” by Ira Klein
Article Review: “Materialism, Mutiny and Modernization in British India” by Ira Klein
Overview
Ira Klein’s central thesis in his essay, “Materialism, Mutiny and Modernization in British India,” centers on the period during the British rule in India. More specifically, Klein argues that though British policies had altruistic intentions in democratically advancing India’s fundamental economic relations and political structures, the ultimate and contradicting result was that “…relatively few among the Indian populace had benefited notably from Western ‘modernization’” (Klein 545). In fact, the failure of Western policies of economic development left a majority of...
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.....s, portraying positive consequences arising out of Western power. Yet, primary sources are not without limitations. They may be restricted and affected by the knowledge, attitude and culture of the originating individual and accounts and overviews arising from a variety of sources contain the same risk of authorial bias as in secondary sources.
Critique
Generally, Klein’s essay served its purpose in that it succeeded in demonstrating its thesis. However, its inefficiency lies in its lack of succinctness, notably, it took Klein thirty-six pages to say something that could have probably been done in a fourth of the space.
Work Cited
Klein, Ira. “Materialism, Mutiny and Modernization in British
India.” Modern Asian Studies 34.3(2000): 545-580.