Selections from the Minutes and Other Official Writings of the Honourable Mountstuart Elphinstone, Governor of Bombay: With an Introductory Memoir (Cambridge Library Collection - South Asian History)
Cambridge University Press, 2011-06-02
EAN 9781108131445, ISBN10: 1108131441
Paperback, 594 pages, 21.3 x 21.1 x 14 cm
The historian George W. Forrest (1846-1926) pays tribute to the legacy of Mountstuart Elphinstone (1779-1859) by bringing his writings together in this 1884 publication, which begins with a account of Elphinstone's life and the historical events connected with his career, providing important background information and context for the reader. Forrest provides a fascinating insight into Elphinstone's opinions on some of the leading questions connected with the government of British India. The statesman played a pivotal role in founding the system of state education in India, strongly supporting native education and the local administration of laws. As Forrest describes, he brought 'a liberal and highly cultivated mind' to discussions of Indian problems, and he saw the British task in India as equipping Indians for self-government as quickly as possible. This collection documents his challenges and achievements, and is an important historical record of a turning point in Indian history.