Calcutta: Society and Change 1690-1990

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iUniverse, 2005 - History - 188 pages
Calcutta, for whose slums and poverty many moan, has been a city swept by various imported ideas and vibrant with indigenous ones. In the process it has evolved into a creative center, especially in the fields of arts, thought, and science. Controversy is what the city has thrived upon, despite its multiplicity of problems. The book deals with some of the controversies and their contribution to contemporary society and culture.

"...a very well informed account--highly perceptive--of intellectual trends and related changes in Calcutta."
Robert J. Crane
Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asia History
Syracuse University

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CALCUTTAS ANTIQUITY
7
TOWARDS PLASSEY
12
THE GROWTH OF THE METROPOLIS
19
THE CALCUTTANS
26
THE BENGAL ARMY
33
SOCIETY IN CALCUTTA
40
CASTE AND TABOOS
47
THE DEROZIANS
83
THE BRAHMO PHENOMENON
95
THE BEGGINGS
110
ATTITUDES
120
ASSESSMENT
136
THE PAINTERS
141
THE THINKERS
150
DEED OF PURCHASE OR BAINAMA OF THE THREE TOWNS KALIKATA SUTANUTTY AND GOVINDPUR
157

RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE AND DEBATES
52
SUCCESSION OF IDEAS
60
IDEAS THAT HAVE MOVED THE CITY
71
CHRONOLOGY
159
Back Cover
177
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