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Abstract

This paper explores the British Imperial Education Debates that took place in India from 1834 to 1835. It surrounds the influence of Lord Thomas Macaulay’s arrival in India and his “Minute on Education” written in February of 1835. Most scholars used to agree that this “Minute” changed the debate from favoring Oriental policy or teaching higher education in native languages such as Sanskrit and Arabic, to pursuing a strict Anglicist policy of teaching in English alone. However, recent scholars have discredited Macaulay’s influence. I revisit Macaulay’s authority arguing that his pure imperial discourse found in the “Minute” has been overlooked and did actually have persuasive power in this educational debate.

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