MUMBAI/ Analysis in the 21th century

Secondary Analysis in the 21th century

Dossal, M. (2010). Theatre of conflict, city of hope: Mumbai, 1660 to present times. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

This book by Mariam Dossal details an extensive narration on the history of Mumbai from 1660 to present times, showing the historical transformation of Mumbai induced by a series of historical facts and events. The urban planning of Mumbai is well documented with primary sources, original maps and efficient figures and survey.


The two books below percieve the historical processes of colonial Bombay in a more specific and critical way. They start with looking into the state’s response and strategies to the plague epidemic in the 1890s, which induced a series of transformation in Bombay.

Kidambi, P. (2007). The making of an Indian metropolis: Colonial governance and public culture in Bombay, 1890-1920. Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

This book by Prashant Kidambi explores the analytical account of histoical change of the colonial Bombay and its emergence as a metropolis. It illustrated the relationship and negotiation between the colonial authorities and the society in Bombay through a series of strategies and mechanism of the state towards the crisis. The book includes a wide range of archival sources with government records and documents, as well as a diversity of views from the local society.

Rao, N. (2013). House, but no garden: Apartment living in Bombay’s suburbs, 1898-1964.

This book by Nikhil Rao documents the history of colonial Bombay from the point of view of suburban growth. The idea of “suburb” is being explored in terms of its urban environment and housing development. It detailed how this new social transformation challenge the relationship between the state, landowners and the society in Bombay. Many scholars’ writings and ideas are included and being quoted as an important source of social history.


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