The Mosaic Ethnology of Asiatick Jones

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:
The Mosaic Ethnology of Asiatick Jones

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This chapter provides a historical background of the Indo-European concept, which was named by Arthur Young and was first proposed by Sir William Jones, the founder and first president of the Asiatic Society. Before the middle of the nineteenth century, the Indo-European concept was foreign to Britons, identified mainly with German scholars. The chapter discusses the authority-claim of orientalism, India's place in Jones's ethnological project, and the possibility that India was the source of knowledge of ancient wisdom.

Keywords: Indo-European concept; Arthur Young; Sir William Jones; Asiatic Society; Britons; German scholars; India; orientalism; ethnological project; ancient wisdom

Chapter.  14859 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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