A bitter debate erupted in 1834 between Orientalists and Anglicists over what kind of public education the British should promote in their growing Indian empire. This collection of the main documents pertaining to the controversy (some published for the first time) aims to recover the major British and South Asian voices, broaden our understanding of imperial discourses and recognise the significant role of the colonised in the shaping of colonial knowledge. Bringing together into a single volume documents not easily obtained - long out of print, never before published, or scattered about in sundry books and journals - enables modern readers to judge the relative merits of the various arguments and undermines the common impression that the controversy was simply an exercise in colonial power involving only Europeans.
'Scholars of Indian colonial history, and of imperialism generally, will find this excellent compilation of primary souces, and the editors' fine scholarly annotations and discussion, highly valuable.' - Michael H. Fisher, Contemporary South Asia
'This is a great book.' - Journal of the American Oriental Society