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Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta : the Making of Calcutta.

Author: Debjani Bhattacharyya
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Series: Studies in environment and history.
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Explores how the British Empire responded to the environmental challenges of the world's largest tidal delta.
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Bhattacharyya, Debjani.
Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta : The Making of Calcutta.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Debjani Bhattacharyya
ISBN: 9781108613231 1108613233
OCLC Number: 1034619046
Description: 1 online resource (260 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Series information; Title page; Copyright information; Table of contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Almanac of a Tidal Basin; Almanac: Toward a New Reading Practice; Swamps in History; Technologies of Property; Ecologies of Law; Environment and Property; Part I Environmental Consolidations; 1 Power and Silt; Legislating the Vagaries of Silt; Geography as Evidence; Measurement in a Corrupt World; Fluid Landscapes; 2 Drying the Delta; Thinking with Water; Hydrological Moments in Colonial History of Property. The Curious Case of the Land That Grew: How to Own Calcutta?Manufacturing a Riverbank; Muddying Property; Part II Legal Maneuvers; 3 Notarizing Possessions; Writing History with the River; The Many Biographies of One Plot of Land; Infrastructures of Power; 4 Commerce in Land; New Economies of Infrastructure; Building on ''Bottomless Alluvion'': Wet Docks in a Drying Delta; Draining as Urbanization; The Swamp and the Changing Economy; Part III Unreal Estate; 5 Speculative Properties; The Future Values of Land; Rationalizing the Land Market; A Numerical Controversy?; A Narrative of Squeezing. Conclusion: Disappearing CoastlinesGlossary; Bibliography; Archives; India Office Library Records, London (IOR); Kolkata Port Trust; National Archives of India, New Delhi (NAI); Newspapers; West Bengal State Archives (WBSA); Published Primary Sources; Documents and Reports; Published Laws and Acts; Memoirs; Secondary Sources; Index.
Series Title: Studies in environment and history.

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What happens when a distant colonial power tries to tame an unfamiliar terrain in the world's largest tidal delta? This history, which spans from 1760 to 1920, demonstrates how colonial property law  Read more...

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'Debjani Bhattacharyya resurrects Calcutta's forgotten watery origins to recuperate an entirely riveting account of the city and its real estate market. The book shows how the fictitious capital of Read more...

 
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