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Kidambi, Prashant, Kamat, Manjiri and Dwyer, Rachel, eds. (2019) Bombay before Mumbai: Essays in honour of Jim Masselos. London/New York: Hurst Publishers/Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

‘City of Gold’, ‘Urbs Prima in Indis’, ‘Maximum City’: no Indian metropolis has captivated the public imagination quite like Mumbai. The past decade has seen an explosion of historical writing on the city that was once Bombay. This book, featuring new essays by its finest historians, presents a rich sample of Bombay’s palimpsestic pasts. It considers the making of urban communities and spaces, the workings of power and the nationalist makeover of the colonial city. In addressing these themes, the contributors to this volume engage critically with the scholarship of a distinguished historian of this frenetic metropolis. For over five decades, Jim Masselos has brought to life with skill and empathy Bombay’s hidden histories. His books and essays have traversed an extraordinarily diverse range of subjects, from the actions of the city’s elites to the struggles of its most humble denizens. His pioneering research has opened up new perspectives and inspired those who have followed in his wake. Bombay Before Mumbai is a fitting tribute to Masselos’ enduring contribution to South Asian urban history

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
Keywords: Bombay, Jim Masselos, Urban history, Colonial cities, South Asia, Nationalism, Power, British Empire
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISBN: 9781787381483
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190061708.001.0001
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2019 14:57
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/31160

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