James Mill's History of British India is a monumental
work which is often cited in relation to the development of European
views on the nature of Indian civilization. It is notorious for
representing the viewpoint of those in the West who in the period
when it was witten, around 1817, were arguing that rather than studying
Indian culture the West should be teaching India Western culture.
One of the famous results of this attitude was Thomas Macaulay's
on Indian Education" of 1835. It is also clear if you look
at the sections on subjects like Indian music (see Vol. 1, p. 357.)
in Mill's work that he was remarkably unsympathetic to Indian culture.
However, it is only by studying this document in detail that it
may be possible to understand the various facets that made up its
Author: James Mill
Title: HISTORY OF BRITISH INDIA, [Volumes I-II-III]
Place: PRINTED FOR BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY, PATERNOSTER ROW
Note the version on this site is from an original edition of 1817
and has the advantage that you can do an online search for words
You can also find another version online
at The Online
Library Of Liberty which is from an 1826 edition and is available
in HTML or PDF format.
This work was selected by Prof. Howard
Brasted of the University of New England where the OCR work on the
text was undertaken by Andrew Messner.