Aryans and British India

Aryans and British India

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In this landmark study, Thomas Trautmann delves into the intellectual accomplishments of the languages and nations concept in British India, as well as the darker politics of race hatred which emerged out of it. He challenges the racial hypothesis through a powerful analysis of the feeble evidence upon which it is based. Issued for the first time in paperback format, this edition includes a new Preface in which the author discusses further ideas on the understanding of the Aryan theory and the languages and nations project, as well as the new scholarship supporting such ideas. The new preface also discusses the Aryan debate in contemporary India, which looks for a link between Aryans, Sanskrit, the Veda and the Indus Valley Civilization, and which has in recent times broadened into a tremendously politicized controversy. A compelling and carefully researched work, Aryans and British India has become mandatory reading, since its first publication in 1997, for historians, political scientists and commentators, anthropologists, and linguists, as well as scholars and students of cultural studies.The Sanscrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, ... It fits Schleichera#39;s tree diagram very well (figure 2) and identifies ancient languages that represent most of the major branches of the ... in his famous essay Uber die Sprache und Weisheit der Indier (On the language and wisdom of the Indians, 1808), Sanskrit itself wasanbsp;...

Title:Aryans and British India
Author:Thomas R. Trautmann
Publisher:Yoda Press - 2005-12-01


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