Asiatic Review

Other names: 

Imperial and Asiatic Quarterly Review and Oriental and Colonial Record

Asiatic Quarterly Review

Date began: 
01 Jan 1885
Precise date began unknown: 
Date ended: 
01 Jan 1952
Precise date ended unknown: 

The Asiatic Quarterly Review was founded by Sir Lepel Griffin in 1885. Griffin founded the journal as an organ of the East India Association and employed Demetrius Boulger as editor. In 1891, the scope of the journal was expanded beyond just Indian matters to South East Asia and the Middle East and therefore the name was changed to the Imperial and Asiatic Quarterly Review and Oriental and Colonial Record. The third series began in 1896 and was taken over by G. W. Leitner at the Oriental Institute at Woking. In 1913, the name was constricted back to the Asiatic Quarterly Review and the journal was edited by W. MacCarthy Mann and Gilbery Lyne. In 1914, it was published from London and renamed the Asiatic Review as it was now published more frequently during the year.

The journal combined articles from the proceedings of East India Association meetings with other articles on matters relating to Asia. It also included book reviews and comments on international affairs. The journal did not shy away from political matters, and actively encouraged debates from various standpoints. The Asiatic Review is a valuable resource for information about the activities of South Asians in Britain and a number of reviews of books relating to South Asia. In 1915, the journal began a regular section 'Where East and West Meet', written by A. A. Smith, editor of the Indian Magazine and Review, which gave a record of events in Britain relating to 'Asiatic questions'. The journal ceased publication in 1952.

Key individuals: 
Books Reviewed Include: 

Karkaria, R. P. India: Forty Years of Progress and Reform (Oxford University Press, 1896)

Dutt, Romesh Chunder, England and India: A Record of Progress during a Hundred Years, 1785-1885 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1897)

Pandian, T. B., Indian Village Folk, their Works and Ways (London: Elliot Stock, 1898)

Beg, Subadar Mohammad, My Jubilee Visit to London (Bombay: Thacker & Co., 1899)

Dutt, Romesh Chunder, The Civilization of India (London: J. M. Dent & Co., 1900)

Pillai, G. Paramaswan, Representative Indians (London: Thacker & Co., 1902)

Mahtab, B. C., Studies (London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1904)

Naidu, Sarojini, The Golden Threshold (London: W. Heinemann, 1905)

Mitra, S. M., The Life and Letters of Sir John Hall (London: Longmans, 1911)

Tagore, Rabindranath, Lovers' Gift and Crossing (London: Macmillan, 1918)

Tagore, Rabindranath, Mashi and Other Stories (London: Macmillan, 1919)


Secondary works: 

On Leitner see: W. D. Rubinstein, ‘Leitner , Gottlieb Wilhelm (1840–1899)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2009) []