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James Mill's treatment of religion and the History of British India

Abstract:

James Mill's History of British India' (1817) played a major role in re-shaping the English policy and attitudes in India throughout the nineteenth century. This article questions the widely held view that the 'HBI' heralded the utilitarian justification of colonisation found for instance in John Stuart Mill's writings. It suggests that James Mill's role as a proponent of 'utilitarian imperialism' has been overstated, and argues that much of Mill's criticism of Indian society arose from the c...

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Journal:
History of European Ideas
Volume:
34
Issue:
4
Pages:
526-534
Publication date:
2008-12-05
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ISSN:
0191-6599
URN:
uuid:bf81643a-c8b2-471d-ae01-1beb4a0e852d
Source identifiers:
293288
Local pid:
pubs:293288

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