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:

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This chapter presents additional discussion on the issue of the Aryan idea and the racial theory of the Indian civilization, providing commentaries on the social construction of race, the value of the accomplishments of the British Sanskritists, and the impact of new Orientalism on India. It concludes that the political consequences of the Aryan or Indo-European idea do not reside within the idea itself but vary with circumstance, and are the creatures of historical conjuncture and human purpose.

Keywords: Aryan idea; racial theory; Indian civilization; British Sanskritists; new Orientalism; India; political consequences; historical conjuncture

Chapter.  5068 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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