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Nash, Geoffrey (2016) Orientalism. In: Encyclopedia of Empire. John Wiley. ISBN 9781118455074

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Orientalism is a term first used in the late 18th century to refer to scholarly study of the East and a style in the arts. In the same period the British East India Company was expanding its control of the Indian subcontinent, while in Islamic domains Napoleon's expedition to Egypt of 1798 was followed by French colonization of Algeria beginning in 1830. The British decision to demote Eastern languages and culture in India in favor of education in Western knowledge signaled the emergence of an imperialistic sense of Western superiority. As orientalism became institutionalized in Europe, it contributed to imperialist governance in the East. However, the extent to which orientalists individually and collectively were responsible for buttressing imperialist ideology was not fully debated until the publication of Edward Said's Orientalism in 1978.

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Depositing User: Geoffrey Nash


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Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 14:37
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2021 13:08


Author: Geoffrey Nash

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Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Media and Communications


Culture > History and Politics

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