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British Indophobia

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/9780520205468.003.0004
British Indophobia

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This chapter focuses on the emergence of British Indophobia or British lack of enthusiasm for India. It explains that the Indophobia that became the norm in the early nineteenth century was deliberately constructed by Evangelicalism and Utilitarianism, and that its chief architects were Charles Grant and James Mill. The texts that launched Indophobia were Mills's History of British India and Grant's “Observations on the state of society among the Asiatic subjects of Great Britain, particularly with respect to morals; and the means of improving it.” The chapter also discusses John Shore's biography of Sir William Jones, who nurtured Indomania in the eighteenth century.

Keywords: British Indophobia; India; Evangelicalism; Utilitarianism; Charles Grant; James Mill; British India; John Shore; Sir William Jones; Indomania

Chapter.  13721 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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