Orientalism and Race: Aryanism in the British Empire

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Springer, Jan 3, 2016 - History - 266 pages
This study traces the emergence and dissemination of Aryanism within the British Empire. The idea of an Aryan race became an important feature of imperial culture in the nineteenth century, feeding into debates in Britain, Ireland, India, and the Pacific. The global reach of the Aryan idea reflected the complex networks that enabled the global reach of British Imperialism. Tony Ballantyne charts the shifting meanings of Aryanism within these 'webs' of Empire.

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Contents

Aryanism and the Webs of Empire
1
Company Orientalism Colonial Governance and Imperial Ethnology
18
Geographies of Race Empire and Nation
56
from Tahiti to the Tat Khalsa
83
Indocentrism and the Interpretation of Maori Religion
118
5 Print Literacy and the Recasting of Maori Identities
146
Hindu Identities in the Late Nineteenth Century
169
Knowledge Empire Globalization
188
Notes
197
Bibliography
235
Index
256
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TONY BALLANTYNE is Lecturer in History at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. His research focuses on the interconnections between South Asian and British history, with a particular emphasis on the intellectual and cultural networks that reshaped South Asia in the nineteenth century. His other publications include Between Colonialism and Diaspora: Sikh Cultural Formations in an Imperial World (2006) and Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial encounters in World History (2005), co-edited with Antoinette Burton.

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