British Progressives and Civil Society in India, 1905–1914
This chapter examines the views of British Progressives at the start of the 20th century. The period saw the arrival of a new complicating development that revitalized the old debate about whether India could develop along Western lines. The focus is on Progressive opinion because it was only among those who believed that India couldachieve home rule, rather than among those who believed that it could not, that serious debate about the necessary preconditioning of political freedom occurred. The chapter examines the impressions of British Progressives who visited India in the years after the renewal of nationalist agitation. These are J. Keir Hardie in 1907, H. W. Nevinson in 1907-8, J. Ramsay MacDonald in 1909, and Sidney and Beatrice Webb in 1911.
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