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Memoirs of Roads: Calcutta from Colonial Urbanization to Global Modernization

Sumanta Banerjee


This book is an attempt to understand a city through its roads. It explores the origins and development of three important roads of Calcutta (now renamed as Kolkata) from the pre-British colonial era to the postcolonial period. Spanning a period of four centuries, these three roads—Bagbazar Street in the north, Theatre Road in the centre, and Rashbehari Avenue in the south—register the contours of urbanization and the changes in the socio-cultural profile of the residents. The author locates this history within a broader theoretical framework with the help of which one can analyse the role of ... More

Keywords: City, road, Calcutta, urbanization, colonialism, globalization, metropolis, megalopolis, postcolonial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199468102
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sumanta Banerjee, author
Historian, journalist, and cultural theorist