Chapter

ELITE EDUCATION AND MISSIONARIES

Robert Eric Frykenberg

in Christianity in India

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780198263777
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191714191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.003.0011

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

ELITE EDUCATION AND MISSIONARIES

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter examines the establishment of modern English education in India. Today, India is second only to the United States as the largest English-speaking and English-reading country in the world. Much of the story of how English achieved a status as the only current continent-wide and all-India-wide language lies in its acquisition by mahajan elites who wished to preserve their dominance. In this effort, the work of the Scottish missionaries — Duff, Wilson, and Anderson — contributed to this elite drive for education in English. Thereafter, upper-class missionaries, especially those who ran the elite colleges, did much to bring about the establishment of Indian-English as the paramount language of the entire continent.

Keywords: modern education; learning; English; Mahajans; missionary teachers; upper class; elite

Chapter.  19920 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.