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Indology, Indomania, and Orientalism

McGetchin, Douglas T.:
Indology, Indomania, and orientalism : ancient India’s rebirth in modern Germany / Douglas T. McGetchin. - Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009. - 291 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-0-8386-4208-5
US$ 60,00
DDC: 934.0072/043

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." [Verlagsinformation]

List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. A Comparison of Indology in England and France
3. A Foundation: Ancient India and the German Cultural Sphere
4. The Study of Sanskrit in German Universities, 1818-1914
5. Reaching the Public
6. Indology and Buddhism in Fin-de-siècle Germany
7. An Indo-Germanic Connection?
8. Conclusion
Appendix: Glossary of Scholars


DOUGLAS T. MCGETCHIN is Assistant Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University. Faculty profile.

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