Gagnier, ‘and the indolent
races of savages – whether Irish, African, or native American (key examples
throughout Victorianpolitical economy) – needed only to be inspired by envy
to desire his desires, imitate his wants, to be on the road to his progress and
The attempt to create this desire among indolent races ran like a leitmotif
through Lever’s musings on colonized peoples. It was there as early as 1893, in
his published diary account of his first ‘jaunt round the world’. In his entries
for New Zealand he commented that the government had
Paul, 1963 ), 39–46.
Stefan Collini, “ The
Idea of Character in VictorianPolitical Thought ,” Transactions of the Royal Historical Society , Fifth Series, 35
( 1985 ), 29–50.
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (New York: Vintage, 1979 ), 135–69.
David Lelyveld, Aligarh’s First Generation (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1996 ), 254–61; Nasrullah Khan,