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The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge
Ehrlich, Joshua
Publisherthe US
Publication PlaceHarvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts

This study shows that debate over the relations among companies, states, and knowledge is not new, but rather was integral to the politics of the British East India Company. Reconstructing such debate among Company officials and critics from the 1770s to the 1830s, the study makes several further interventions. It argues against what has been perhaps the dominant narrative about Company and British-imperial ideology in this period, a narrative of reorientation from “Orientalist” to “Anglicist” cultural attitudes. It shows instead how the Company shifted from a commercial idiom of sovereignty, concerned with conciliating elites through scholarly patronage, to a territorial idiom, concerned with cultivating popular affection through state-sponsored education. Whereas the field of the history of knowledge has largely developed as a history of structures of knowledge, meanwhile, this study argues for a history of ideas of knowledge. Such an approach is needed to elucidate the category of knowledge and its discursive uses past and present.

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Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1, “Warren Hastings, Knowledge, and the Company State” Chapter 2, “The Age of William Jones and Charles Cornwallis” Chapter 3, “Richard Wellesley and the Politics of Fort William College” Chapter 4, “Scholar-Administrators and the Company in the Early Nineteenth Century” Chapter 5, “Education and the Ends of the Company State” Bibliography

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CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
AffiliationUniv Macau, Dept Hist, E21-2017,Ave Univ, Macau, Peoples R China.
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Ehrlich, Joshua. The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge[M]. Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts:the US,2018.
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