The continuum of deviation: a re-evaluation of the stage model of British imperialism in India, 1773-1833

Pierce, Joseph Matthew (2016) The continuum of deviation: a re-evaluation of the stage model of British imperialism in India, 1773-1833. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In 1954, George Bearce created a model that placed distinct stages of imperialist attitudes onto the otherwise intangible makeup of British imperial policy in India. New models have since arisen, but with the influence of newer historiography the stage system has become polarised in a slow process of idealisation and oversimplification. As a result, the impulsion to rationalise British imperial ideology has led to a misinterpretation of that which makes the attitudes significant at all; that they are born from the same core concepts. To accommodate this misstep, the stage system as it stands is in dire need of re-evaluation.
    Through the utilisation of the private letters, public speeches, and scholarly works of key figures such as Warren Hastings, Thomas Babington Macaulay, and William Wilberforce, this study will highlight the existence of a dialogue between the two perceived ideologies. This dialogue will be evident of a continuum of ideological development that becomes the basis for a new model on British imperialism: The Continuum of Deviation. This model is built on the premise that British imperialism from 1773 to 1833 can be portrayed as the development of Anglicist ideas in a snowballing devolution away from the policies of Romantic Orientalism and the development of a new take on the imperial mission in India. This study believes that the continuum is the answer to the issue created by the polarised dichotomy.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 15:28
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:28

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