The colonial city and the challenge of modernity: Urban hegemonies and civic contestations in Bombay (1900-1925)

Hazareesingh, Sandip (2007). The colonial city and the challenge of modernity: Urban hegemonies and civic contestations in Bombay (1900-1925). New Perspectives in South Asian History, 18. Andhra Pradesh, India: Orient Longman.

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Abstract

This is an original story about the coming of 'modernity' in Bombay city in the early twentieth century. In his account, Sandip Hazareesingh shows how this most global of forces had complex and contradictory meanings in the local urban setting of colonial Bombay. A colonial technological version helped consolidate British hegemony over this important Asian port city; in contrast, Gandhi's rejection of the colonial urban helped define his search for a counter-modern, traditionalist basis for the emerging nationalist contestation of colonial rule. But Bombay also housed different, radical apprehensions of modernity, exemplified by the militant daily the Bombay Chronicle, which provided an alternative basis for the construction of a local civic nationalism. Elegantly written, this book offers fresh and stimulating insights into the multi-layered relationships between modernity, colonialism, and the production of urban space.

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