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Ungoverned ImaginingsJames Mill's The History of British India and Orientalism$
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Javed Majeed

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198117865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117865.001.0001

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Conclusion: Mill's History as a ‘Classic in the History of Philistinism’ 1

Conclusion: Mill's History as a ‘Classic in the History of Philistinism’ 1

(p.195) Conclusion: Mill's History as a ‘Classic in the History of Philistinism’1
Ungoverned Imaginings

Javed Majeed

Oxford University Press

This book has argued that the emergence of utilitarianism and the conservative ideology which it attacked in the early 19th century was closely involved with the British imperial experience in India. It has thrown some light on the problem of what constituted consistency between one's political views in Britain and one's political views in British India. It is this, and the whole character of the body of ideas of which it was a part, which distinguishes the liberal imperialism of James Mill from that of such figures as Sir William Jones. Furthermore, an important part of Mill's critique of the revitalized conservatism of his time was an attack on the relationship between notions of the imagination and the creation of an Orient in the work of Jones and his colleagues. This dimension of Mill's The History of British India has been somewhat neglected. In its analysis of texts which can be seen to form part of an orientalism, this book has tended to disagree with some aspects of Edward Said's thesis.

Keywords:   James Mill, The History of British India, Britain, British India, imperialism, orientalism, utilitarianism, Edward Said, Sir William Jones, politics

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