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Orientalism and Race


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Acknowledgements Introduction: Aryanism and the Webs of Empire The Emergence of Aryanism: Company Orientalism, Colonial Governance and Imperial Ethnology Indocentrism on the New Zealand Frontier: Geographies of Race, Empire and Nation Systematizing Religion: From Tahiti to the Tat Khalsa 'Hello Ganesha!': Indocentrism and the Interpretation of Maori Religion Print, Literacy, and the Recasting of Maori Identities The Politics of Language, Nation, and Race: Hindu Identities in the Late Nineteenth Century Conclusion: Knowledge, Empire, Globalization Bibliography Index

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TONY BALLANTYNE is Lecturer in History at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Previously he has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Illinois-UC. He has published numerous articles on British colonialism in South Asia and the Pacific, focusing on the place of religion and literacy in the colonial encounter.


'An impressive first book...His grasp of three imperial locations...makes for a powerful analysis. It is an important piece of work and deserves to be widely read.' - Catherine Hall, Journal of Modern History

'Tony Ballantyne has done a masterful job... an excellent start for historians interested in tracing a world system of ideas. The work...will appeal to a broad audience of scholars. I recommend it to anyone interested in New Zealand, India, the intellectual foundations of imperialism, Orientalism in general, or simply the history of ideas.' - Journal of World History

'An important work...innovative and lucid...Combining a wide-ranging comparative framework with rigorous analysis of textual links and intellectual influences, the work has broken the mould of intellectual histories of the British empire. Ballantyne has done imperial history a major service.' - History Workshop Journal

'This is no token attempt at transnational history. It is the real thing.' - James Belich, American Historical Review

'...stands out from its contemporaries in presenting the empire...' - Mrinalini Sinha, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

'Orientalism and Race is a roaming work that encapsulates more material than one would have thought possible in fewer than 200 pages...provides a new perspective on the study of history, colonialism and the humanities.' - Ian Malcolmson, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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