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Author Sen, Ranjit, author
Title Birth of a colonial city : Calcutta / Ranjit Sen
Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
©2019
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 人文社會聯圖  DS486.C2 S387 2019    AVAILABLE    30600020126885
Descript xviii, 261 pages ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 242-257) and index
Introduction: an overview of the colonial origin of Calcutta -- Mapping the pattern of urbanization in history: the Calcutta chapter -- A comparative understanding of the growth of the three colonial cities: Madras, Calcutta, and Bombay -- Revolution on the riverbank: a study of the creation of a mankind necessary for urbanization -- Geopolitics of early urbanization in Calcutta, 1698-1757 -- Who was the real founder of Calcutta?: Between two perspectives -- How Calcutta superseded interior towns -- The logic of urbanization -- Municipal administration -- Making a pilgrim centre: Kalighat -- Challenges of an urban growth -- The city assumes form -- The city in hindsight: some observations in conclusion
"Long before Calcutta was 'discovered' by Job Charnock, it thrived by the Hugli since times immemorial. This book, and its companion Colonial Calcutta, is a biographical account of the when, the how and the what of a global city and its emergence under colonial rule in the 1800s. Ranjit Sen traces the story of how three clustered villages became the hub of the British Empire and a centre of colonial imagination. He examines the historical and geopolitical factors that were significant in securing its prominence, and its subsequent urbanization which was a colonial experience without an antecedent. Further, it sheds light on Calcutta's early search for identity--how it superseded interior towns and flourished as the seat of power for its hinterland; developed its early institutions, while its municipal administration slowly burgeoned. A sharp analysis of the colonial enterprise, this volume lays bare the underbelly of the British Raj. It will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of modern history, South Asian history, urban studies, British Studies and area studies"-- Provided by publisher
Subject British Occupation of India (1765-1947) fast (OCoLC)fst01352145
Urbanization -- India -- Kolkata -- History
Colonial influence. fast (OCoLC)fst01352432
Urbanization. fast (OCoLC)fst01162722
Kolkata (India) -- History
Kolkata (India) -- Colonial influence
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947
India. fast (OCoLC)fst01210276
India -- Kolkata. fast (OCoLC)fst01892339
1765-1947 fast
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
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