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Imperial Ideology and the Uses of Rome in Discourses on Britain's Indian Empire

Rama Sundari Mantena

in Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584727
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595301 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584727.003.0003

Series: Classical Presences

Imperial Ideology and the Uses of Rome in Discourses on Britain's Indian Empire

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This chapter examines the uses of classical scholarship in the conceptualization of Britain's Indian empire (1780–1890), as well as the influence of Britain's experiences in India for guiding and shaping classical scholarship. In particular, it is concerned with British use of the historical past in the search for imperial legitimacy—especially their past in relation to Rome. Through an engagement with the writings of T. B. Macaulay, Charles Trevelyan, and J. R. Seeley, the chapter examines how classical models of empire, in particular the Roman model of empire, served as a template for the British to formulate a relationship with people of different cultures and societies that they encountered in India.

Keywords: British India; T. B. Macaulay; Charles Trevelyan; J. R. Seeley; Orientalism; imperial conquest

Chapter.  7184 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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