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Mountstuart Elphinstone in South Asia: Pioneer of British Colonial Rule

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi


Mountstuart Elphinstone (1779-1859), Lowland Scottish traveller, East India Company civil servant and educator, was one of the principal intellectual architects of British colonial rule in South Asia. Imbued with liberal views, such that Bombay's wealthy founded Elphinstone College in his memory, he pioneered the scholarly, scientific and administrative foundations of imperialism in India.  Elphinstone's career was launched when he was picked to lead the inaugural British diplomatic mission to the Afghan court. His Account of the Kingdom of Caubul (1815) became the main source of British infor ... More

Keywords: Mountstuart Elphinstone, An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul, British India, Colonialialism, Afghanistan Studies

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190914400
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190914400.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, author
James Madison University, Virginia

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