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Introduction

Edwin Hirschmann

in Robert Knight

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696226
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080557 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195696226.003.0001
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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of imperialism and ‘the Raj’, the British-run Government of India. It then focuses on Robert Knight and his angry challenges of official policy and conduct, which gave Indians a sense of grievance and purpose, and paved the way for the development of Indian nationalism in the years which followed. The events of Indian history from 1857 through 1890, Knight's editorial responses, and his personal life are intertwined in this biographical study. It shows the reactions of a young Englishman with a head full of liberal ideals when he encountered the realities of India. The primary sources used in the study are also described.

Keywords: imperialism; Raj; Indian nationalism; liberal ideals; editorials; biographical study

Chapter.  2201 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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