Calcutta in Colonial Transition

1st Edition

Ranjit Sen

Routledge India
April 9, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9781138366916 - CAT# K396900

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Summary

This book brings home the story of how three clustered villages grew into a primate city, in which a garrison town, a port city and the capital of an empire merged into one entity—Calcutta. This and its companion volume Birth of a Colonial City examine the geopolitical factors that were significant in securing Calcutta's position in the light of growing influence of the East India Company and subsequently the British Empire.

A definitive history of Calcutta in its nascent years, this book discusses the challenges of city-planning, the de-industrialization at the hands of British imperialists, the catastrophic fall of the Union Bank, the advent of British capital, and the rise of the Bengali business enterprise in the colonial era. It also underlines how Calcutta facilitated the development of a political consciousness and the pivotal political and cultural role it played when the movement for independence took hold in the country.

This volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of modern South Asian history, British Studies, city and area studies.

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