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Aryans and British India$
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Thomas Trautmann

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520205468

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520205468.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Aryans and British India

Thomas R. Trautmann

University of California Press

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

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