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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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British Indomania

British Indomania

(p.62) Chapter 3 British Indomania
Aryans and British India

Thomas R. Trautmann

University of California Press

This chapter explores British Indophobia or the claim of British indifferent toward India. It explains that in the decades following the conquest of Bengal, there was a significant sector of British opinion which found in Indian culture a deep and appealing wisdom. The chapter provides evidence for the existence of British enthusiasm for India beginning in the 1760s and continuing into the early nineteenth century, and argues that Indophobia was a deliberate attack upon the built-up structure of a prior Indomania. It also discusses the ramifications of Indomania, including interest in the Sanskrit language and in ancient Indian geographical knowledge of Egypt.

Keywords:   British Indophobia, British Indomania, India, Bengal, Indian culture, Sanskrit language, geographical knowledge, Egypt

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