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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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The Mosaic Ethnology of Asiatick Jones

The Mosaic Ethnology of Asiatick Jones

(p.28) Chapter 2 The Mosaic Ethnology of Asiatick Jones
Aryans and British India

Thomas R. Trautmann

University of California Press

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

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