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Britain’s Imperial Muse

The Classics, Imperialism, and the Indian Empire, 1784–1914


Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)

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About this book


Britain's Imperial Muse explores the classics' contribution to British imperialism and to the experience of empire in India through the long 19th century. It reveals the classics role as a foundational source for positive conceptions of empire and a rhetorical arsenal used by commentators to justify conquest and domination, especially of India.


Colonialism India Classics Empire 19th century Britain British India concept discourse education empire experience foundation identity imperialism Indian knowledge nature rhetoric

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Albion CollegeUSA

About the authors

C.A. Hagerman is Associate Professor of European History at Albion College, Michigan, USA. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto after completing a MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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