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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 Indophobia

British Indophobia

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(p.99) Chapter 4 British Indophobia
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Aryans and British India
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Thomas R. Trautmann

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520205468.003.0004

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

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