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European Calcutta : Images and Recollections of a Bygone Era

Dhrubajyoti Banerjea

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ISBN 10: 8174765069 / ISBN 13: 9788174765062
Published by UBSPD, New Delhi, 2005
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Contents Foreword. Preface. 1. Calcutta the beginning. 2. Europeans at Calcutta and job Charnock. 3. Lal Dighi the Great Tank Tank square Dalhousie Square to Binoy Dinesh Bagh. 4. The old fort and the black hole. 5. The changing face of the old fort area. 6. Villages to metropolis Calcutta 1757 1800. 7. Around Lal Dighi. 8. Esplanade row and its environs. 9. The government house Calcutta. 10. Esplanade east to park street. 11. From burying ground road to park street. 12. Chowringhee road from park street to lower circular road. 13. Lower circular road. 14. The vast expanse of the maidan. 15. The Fort William of today. 16. Here and there. Epilogue. Index. The present work goes beyond all earlier studies of Calcutta in the colonial times in its punctilious shifting of evidence and documentation to reconstruct the history of the slow growth of the city from its first colonial construction out of three non descript villages on the bank of Hugli. In the process the author opens up a panoramic historical view of different spots and locations in the city changing over the last three hundred years till the city as it is today emerges into view. The physical history of the city in the first part of the book is followed by a commercial history in the second part documenting the arrival and growth of European business firms and establishments in the city and their slow absorption in the colonial trading system that held sway till independence. There is little of the usual nostalgia that runs through books about this city which till 1911 was the capital of colonial India and has been since them a bastion of radical politics and culture a seat of violence chaos and creativity. The author's sense of history and objectivity give him and insight into yet another process at work in this city viz. its commercial life and the forces that sustain it and the city itself. It is part of the new approach to the history of the city that instead of the usual birds eye view of cityscapes this volume offers the richest photographic documentation ever of this city selected from the author's own enviable collection of old photographs and rarities acquired from the surviving colonial firms. Contrasting photographs from different periods placed in juxtaposition enliven the conducted tour on which the author takes the readers through European Calcutta from now to then and back again in the early part of the book. History comes visually alive in this book which never compromises on fact and cold objectivity. 352 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 54658

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Title: European Calcutta : Images and Recollections...

Publisher: UBSPD, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

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History and guide to cultural highpoints, a beautiful volume well illustrated. Major work onCalcutta, for the general reader and scholar alike useful index

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