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Title: The life and writings of Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876)
Author: Singh, Nihar Nandan Prasad
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1977
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This study of the life and writings of Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876) has two main purposes. The first is to examine his writings with a view to showing the ideas by which he was moved. The second is to explore the underlying historical perspective and to assess the importance of his contributions. Moreover, in so doing, an attempt has been made to look at the contemporary and later reception of his works as well as at his technique. Kaye had a long and productive career as a writer which centred around his lifelong interest in Indian affairs. He also served as an officer in the Company's army, worked as a journalist in India, and finally occupied a senior position in the East-India House and In the India Office. He formed strong views on Indian policy, and these may be traced in his various writings. He began his writing career as a novelist. One area m the field of Indian history that was of particular interest to him was contemporary developments: he believed that the study of current events could be useful m providing guidelines for future British policy. Another area in which Kaye made important contributions was Anglo-Indian biography. Although he was one among a number of Anglo-Indian writers whose major assumptions were political, his achievement. In both these areas, was more significant, suggesting greater skill In historical analysis and In the use of original sources. Thus, he left behind him a number of books which are still widely used. Much of the material for this study is derived from Kaye's own published works. Including his periodical contributions. Use has also been made of his confidential Letter Book and of relevant private papers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral