Holden Furber; The English Utilitarians and India. By Eric Stokes. (New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. xvi, $), The American Historical Rev. OTHER REVIEWS. Jacobinism. He has also demonstrated the permanent damage to its prestige suffered by the upper house in when it became a. utilitarianism on Indian education: K. A. Ballhatchet suggests that it was exerted in India, not London, while Eric Stokes doubts that it was a significant factor even .

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Whenever it comes, it will be the proudest day m English history To have found a great people sunk in the lowest depths of slavery and superstitition, to have so ruled them as to have made them desirous and capable of all the privileges of citizens, would indeed be a title to glory all our own The sceptre may pass away from us Unforeseen accidents may derange our most profound schemes of policy.

Mill was too good a Benthamite to suggest a frontal stikes on Indian customs and prejudices; but clearly the marking off of individual property rights in the soil would act as a solvent of the traditional joint-ownership and communal control, which he considered to stokea the marks of a primitive state of society.

The practical influence of political economy in England utilitagians, in consequence, largely confined to acting as a useful tool of the commercial and industrial classes in their campaign to reduce the economic intervention of the State to a minimum.

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The primary influence deter- mining human character was the legislator stoks his commands, that is, the form of government and the laws. His historical utilitariasn taught him that all forms of government were transitory and superficial, and were at the mercy of deeper, irresistible forces which impelled human society. There remained, however, the question of the organiza- tion of the judicial and executive arms.

One must end in the complete alienation of mind and separation of interests between ourselves and the natives; the other in a permanent alliance, founded on mutual benefit and good-will. Email alerts New issue alert. Malcolm had little of a brooding, melancholic nature, but his aim at self-completeness is characteristic of his world. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


The vices and defects of the mass of mankind arose not froni a lack of schooling but from poverty. The Inia tarians, completing the work of their intellectual ancestors, abolished God and substituted human for Divine Justice.

The English Utilitarians and India

stoks It is small wonder that by the thirties this form of political economy, whose arguments were always abstract and bloodless, should have fallen from favour, and that later economists broke away from its leading strings to preach a more optimistic and comfortable doctrine. Commons debate of 14 Mayreported in the Bengal Hurkaru of 8 Sept. Every man writes as much as he can, and quotes Montesquieu, and Hume, and Adam Smith, and speaks as if he were living irf a country where people were free and governed themselves.

Political education utiliitarians directly the moral forces acting upon the indi- vidual. Jul 01, Supriyo Chaudhuri rated it it was amazing.

Don’t have an account? According to them Cornwallis had the choice of consolidating British rule on the basis of the Mughal system or of adopting an entirely new and foreign foundation.

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Both Methodists and Evangelicals concentrated, therefore, on securing a minimum efic of education as a pre- requisite lor conversion, at least sufficient for a person to read and understand the Bible.

Indian experience undoubtedly hardened cer- tain traits in the English character, but for their origin one needs inxia penetrate to the genesis of the nineteenth-century English middle class, and englisn the hidden springs setting its type.

Social con- ditions favoured this attitude. The material and intellectual elements of which it was composed were the three movements which have already been described as possessing a special and particular connexion with India.

Of a middle- class merchant family, brought up among the Clapham Sect, and falling under the spell of Utilitarian doctrines at Cam- bridge in i8i8, he found the confines of each creed too constrictive.


The law must there- fore be efficient and swift, clear and easily intelligible, simple and readily available. He believed that, within certain rigidly defined external frontiers, the soundest policy was to use every just occasion to annex native states, and to resume pensions and revenue alienations made to privileged classes before the British conquest. By the Mahr’ktta power had been extinguished, and the political problem ceased to be of the first importance. Mill had not dealt with the question in his History.

It has been usual to associate the Mills with the movement for English education which Macaulay carried to victory by his Education Minute of To the great trading nation, to the great manufacturing nation, no progress which any portion of the human race can make in knowledge, in taste for the conveniences of life, or in the wealth by which those conveniences are produced, can be a matter of indifference.

That path lay, firstly, in the preservation of the soul in its state of grace through prayer and work, and secondly, in the mission to evangelize.

The English Utilitarians And India by Eric Stokes

The governing forces of history were generated by the constant tendency of intelligence and property to increase and diifuse them- selves in an ever widening circle; and India could not be insulated from this action. Mahmut Cihat added it Aug 27, Hence the Evangelical gospel, al- though originating in an intense interior experience, was one of action and mission in the external world.

Symptomatic of its decisive part in forming the whole administrative structure is the official title of Collector, by which the head of the district is still known throughout most of the Indian provinces The per- srstent conflict of ideas between the Cornwallis and Munro traditions began and continued to be fought as a battle of land-revenue systems.