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"Indian Renaissance: British Romantic paintings and the chance of India" is the 1st finished exam of British artists whose first-hand impressions and clients of the Indian subcontinent turned a stimulus for the Romantic move in England; it's also a survey of the transformation of the photographs introduced domestic by means of those artists into the cultural imperatives of imperial, Victorian Britain. The e-book proposes a moment - Indian - Renaissance for British (and ecu) artwork and tradition and an indisputable connection among English Romanticism and British Imperialism. Artists handled in-depth contain James Forbes, James Wales, Tilly Kettle, William Hodges, Johann Zoffany, Francesco Renaldi, Thomas and William Daniell, Robert domestic, Thomas Hickey, Arthur William Devis, R. H. Colebrooke, Alexander Allan, Henry Salt, James Baillie Fraser, Charles Gold, James Moffat, Charles D'Oyly, William Blake, J. M. W. Turner, and George Chinnery.

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Writings by Ibn Batuta and Marco Polo show how India had fallen behind the rest of the world. Contrast this with the writings of earlier Chinese and Greek travelers. Not surprisingly, this backwardness began to have a palpable impact on the country’s maritime trade and economic prowess. Take for example Marco Polo’s comments regarding international trade in the Malabar coast in the early 14th century: “Let me tell you next that this country does not breed horses. Hence all the annual revenue, or greater part of it, is spent in the purchase of horses.

The injunction against crossing the seas, embodies an astonishing reversal of attitudes for a civilization that had once been at the center of the world’s most important maritime trade system. These rules survived well into the early 20th century. When my great grandfather decided to do his doctorate at the London School of Economics in the early 1920s, the family priests forbade him from traveling abroad. Fortunately, he was not one to give in so easily. According to family legend, he spent several weeks studying the holy books and proceeded to prove to the priests that the scriptures did not contain any injunctions against crossing the seas.

Qxd 7/14/2008 10:40 AM Page 25 Waiting for a Thousand Years 25 woman mathematicians of all time, was killed by a Christian mob in Alexandria. A few schools struggled on for another century till Plato’s Academy was shut down under the order of Emperor Justinian in 526 AD. The few scholars who escaped the persecution would take their knowledge and their books to the Middle East, where under the protection of the early Muslim caliphates, the knowledge of the ancients would be rediscovered. 17 It appears that civilizations, from time to time, commit suicide by closing themselves to innovation, entrepreneurship and the outside world.

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