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Planning the city : urbanization and reform in Calcutta, c. 1800-c. 1940 /

Planning the city :  urbanization and reform in Calcutta, c. 1800-c. 1940 /
DK Number:DK-220600
ISBN: 9788189487904
Title: Planning the city : urbanization and reform in Calcutta, c. 1800-c. 1940 /
Author: Partho Datta.
Imprint: New Delhi : Tulika Books,
Physical Desc.: xv, 332 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Year: 2012
Price: USD 25.75
Subject Strings: City planning--India--Calcutta--History.
  Urbanization--India--Calcutta--History.
  Urban policy--India--Calcutta--History.
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The mercantile activity in colonial India made Calcutta a magnet for migrants. Yet the state did little to accommodate a population that was vital to the city's growth and dynamism. However, the anxiety to regulate growing numbers often translated into violent policies of demolition and displacement in Calcutta. This study tries to account for this policy, and its social and other costs to the citizens of the city. It tries to unravel the ideology underpinning town planning as well as the ambiguous response to it from both the state and the Indian elite. It suggests that control and regulation of land was vital to governance in Calcutta, and this was translated as state policy through town planning.

Showcasing that town planning can also be studied in terms of imperial ideology, the study follows a new and fresh approach to the subject and draws upon a variety of archival sources, hitherto not used by historians of Calcutta.

Partho Datta teaches history at Zabir Husain College, University of Delhi, Delhi.

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Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
CHAPTER ONEWhose Improvement?1
CHAPTER TWOMiasmas, Lotteries and the Beginning of Improvement (1803-1830)10
CHAPTER THREEFear of Fevers: The Inauguration of Reform (1830-1840)89
CHAPTER FOURTaking on the Bustis (1830-1890)127
CHAPTER FIVEThe Last Straw: Suburbs, Plague and The Building Commission (1870-1900)171
CHAPTER SIXImplementing the Plan: The Calcutta Improvement Trust (1911-1940)201
Conclusion: Dilemmas of Planning289
Bibliography295
Credits for Illustrations316
Index319
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