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Introduction

Thomas R. Trautmann

in Aryans and British India

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780520205468
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520917927 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520205468.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter explains the theme of this book, which is about the Indo-European or Aryan concept. This concept has certain formal properties of its own that have been more or less stable from its inception in the eighteenth century to the present. The chapter explores the racial theory of Indian civilization, the British ethnologies of India in the period of empire, and the creation of anthropology as a specialized science. It also traces the usage of the Sanskrit word arya and describes those who are considered Aryans.

Keywords: Aryan concept; racial theory; Indian civilization; British ethnologies; anthropology; arya

Chapter.  11110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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