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A Reformed Imperium?

Benjamin Zachariah

in Developing India

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195670585
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195670585.003.0003
A Reformed Imperium?

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This chapter examines specific moments where ‘development’ came to the forefront in British imperialist debates on India. In so doing, it attempts to explore the tensions in the approach to imperialism contained within these approaches to ‘development’. For the most part, these were separate debates from those conducted by Indian nationalists; the trajectory of practices the former debates sought to justify were often different from the latter, although there were, of course, points at which the debates overlapped, and there were certain crossovers of ideas. In reading these debates, attention is drawn to the narrow framework within which official thinking operated; to the occasional moves outside this framework; and to the wider implications of the term ‘development’ in the confrontation between colonial discourse and nationalism.

Keywords: development; British imperialist debates; colonial discourse; imperialism; nationalism

Chapter.  34683 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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