Indology, Indomania, and Orientalism: Ancient India's Rebirth in Modern Germany

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2009 - History - 291 pages
Investigating the growth of Indology (the study of East Indian texts, literature, and culture) and the diffusion of this knowledge about ancient India within nineteenth-century Germany, this work contextualizes approaches to contact by historically grounding them in a contemporary history of German culture, education, and science. It answers the historical anomaly of why Germany had more nineteenth-century experts in the academic discipline of Indology than all other European powers combined. German interest in ancient India developed because it was useful for widely varying German projects, including Romanticism and nationalism. German Indologists made successful arguments about the cultural and intellectual relevance of ancient India for modern Germany, leaving an ambiguous legacy including a deeper appreciation of South Asian culture as well as scholarly justifications for the warlike image of a Swastika-bearing Aryan "master race." Douglas T. McGetchin is Assistant Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University.
 

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Contents

List of Figures and Tables
7
Acknowledgments
9
List of Abbreviations
13
Introduction
17
A Comparison of Indology in England and France
31
A Foundation Ancient India and the German Cultural Sphere
55
The Study of Sanskrit in German Universities 18181914
76
Reaching the Public
102
Indology and Buddhism in Findesiecle Germany
120
An IndoGermanic Connection?
141
Conclusion
168
Glossary of Scholars
189
Notes
192
Bibliography
251
Index
278
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