Ungoverned Imaginings: James Mill's the History of British India and Orientalism

Ungoverned Imaginings: James Mill's the History of British India and Orientalism

by Javed Majeed
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198117868

ISBN-13: 9780198117865

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book re-examines British attitudes to India in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It places the emergence of utilitarianism in the context of these attitudes by focussing on James Mill's The History of British India (1817), and the work of Sir William Jones, Robert Southey, and Thomas Moore. In particular the study shows how the standard view of…  See more details below

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This book re-examines British attitudes to India in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It places the emergence of utilitarianism in the context of these attitudes by focussing on James Mill's The History of British India (1817), and the work of Sir William Jones, Robert Southey, and Thomas Moore. In particular the study shows how the standard view of Mill's History does not do justice to the complexity of this text; Majeed argues that aesthetics played an important role in the formulation of Mill's utilitarian views, when he used British India as part of a much larger critique of British society itself. Mill's attempt to place thinking on these issues on a different footing illumines other scholars and poets whose writing on the Orient was an important part of the defining of their religious, social, and political views. Ungoverned Imaginings demonstrates how complex British attitudes to India were in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and how this might be explained in the light of domestic and imperial contexts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198117865
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Oxford English Monographs Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Sir William Jones11
2Robert Southey and the Oriental Renaissance47
3Thomas Moore and Orientalism87
4James Mill's The History of British India123
5Susceptible Imaginations151
Conclusion: Mill's History as a 'Classic in the History of Philistinism'195
Bibliography201
Index223

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