By Kris Manjapra
This publication explores styles of connection linking German and Indian intellectuals from the 19th century to the years after the second one global warfare. The booklet underscores the connections among German and Indian highbrow historical past, revealing the features of an international age while the gap setting apart Europe and Asia appeared, quickly, to disappear.
Kris Manjapra strains the intersecting rules and careers of a various selection of contributors from South Asia and principal Europe who shared principles, shaped networks, and studied one another's worlds. relocating past well-rehearsed evaluations of colonialism towards a brand new severe strategy, this learn recasts sleek highbrow background when it comes to the knotted highbrow itineraries of seeming strangers.
Collaborations within the sciences, arts, and arts produced notable conferences of German and Indian minds. Meghnad Saha met Albert Einstein, Stella Kramrisch introduced the Bauhaus to Calcutta, and Girindrasekhar Bose started a correspondence with Sigmund Freud. Rabindranath Tagore traveled to Germany to recruit students for a brand new Indian college, and the actor Himanshu Rai employed director Franz Osten to aid determine motion picture studios in Bombay. those interactions, Manjapra argues, evinced shared responses to the cultural and political hegemony of the British empire. Germans and Indians was hoping to discover in a single one other the instruments had to disrupt an Anglocentric global order.
As Manjapra demonstrates, transnational highbrow encounters will not be inherently innovative. From Orientalism and Aryanism to socialism and scientism, German-Indian entanglements have been neither inevitably liberal nor conventionally cosmopolitan, usually characterised as a lot by means of manipulation as via cooperation.
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54 He edited the Bombay Sanskrit series along with his colleague Lorenz Franz Kielhorn. The Bombay Sanskrit series systematically reproduced in print form all Sanskrit manuscripts in Western India known to the British administration. Bühler soon became known as the chief manuscript collector, epigrapher, and paleographer of the British Indian government. 56 But he also looked out for the interests of German-speaking academics. He sent newly found manuscripts to German and Austrian universities.
40 Max Müller, in his inaugural lecture at Oxford, commented on the deficiency of British Indological methods. ” 42 Especially after 1857, in the newly established British Raj, scientific management extended far beyond infrastructural sciences of road building, railroad laying, and canal dredging, into more scholarly programs of professional research, such as Indology, Geology, Forestry, Botany, and Archaeology 24 • Stages of Entanglement that aimed to consolidate the intellectual institutions of a British–Indian Raj.
145 40 • Stages of Entanglement Mitra’s argument proffered a direct critique of the Philhellenic and Anglocentric views of the leading British archaeologist in India, Alexander Cunningham. German Indology, which had long sought to smash the clay feet of Classicism by asserting the origins of world civilization in Asia, not in the Mediterranean, was used by Mitra to attack imperial Anglocentrism. Meanwhile, P. C. 148 These are just a few examples of intellectual alliance-building born of shared rivalries.
Age of Entanglement: German and Indian Intellectuals Across Empire by Kris Manjapra