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Possessing the City: Property and Politics in Delhi, 1911-1947

Anish Vanaik


This book is a social history of the property market in late-colonial Delhi; a period of much turbulence and transformation. It argues that historians of South Asian cities must connect transformations in urban space and Delhi’s economy. Utilizing a novel archive, it outlines the place of private property development in Delhi’s economy from 1911 to 1947. Rather than large-scale state initiatives, like the Delhi Improvement Trust, it was profit-oriented, decentralized, and market-based initiatives of urban construction that created the Delhi cityscape. A second thematic concern of Possessing th ... More

Keywords: Delhi, colonial city, property market, real estate, landlord, housing, communalism, temple, graveyard, lease deed, map

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848752
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anish Vanaik, author
Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School