Bombay Before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos

Bombay Before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos

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Overview

'City of Gold', 'Urbs Prima in Indis', 'Maximum City': no Indian metropolis has captivated the public imagination quite like Mumbai. The past decade has seen an explosion of historical writing on the city that was once Bombay. This book, featuring new essays by its finest historians, presents a rich sample of Bombay's palimpsestic pasts. It considers the making of urban communities and spaces, the workings of power and the nationalist makeover of the colonial city.

In addressing these themes, the contributors to this volume engage critically with the scholarship of a distinguished historian of this frenetic metropolis. For over five decades, Jim Masselos has brought to life with skill and empathy Bombay's hidden histories. His books and essays have traversed an extraordinarily diverse range of subjects, from the actions of the city's elites to the struggles of its most humble denizens. His pioneering research has opened up new perspectives and inspired those who have followed in his wake.

Bombay Before Mumbai is a fitting tribute to Masselos' enduring contribution to South Asian urban history


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ISBN-13: 9780190061708
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2019
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Prashant Kidambi is Associate Professor in Colonial Urban History at the University of Leicester. Manjiri Kamat is Professor and Head of the Department of History, University of Mumbai. Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Illustrations xv

Note on Contributors xix

1 Introduction Prashant Kidambi 1

Part I Community

2 Mohammad Ali Rogay: Life and Times of a Bombay Country Trader Murali Ranganathan 15

3 Parsis and Bombay City: Community and Identity in the Nineteenth Century Jesse S. Palsetia 35

4 The Great Persian Famine of 1871, Parsi Refugees and the Making of Irani Identity in Bombay Simin Patel 57

5 Bombay's European Community during the Interwar Period Douglas E. Haynes 77

Part II Spatial Templates

6 Reading Social Spaces: The Life of the Bombay Theatre, 1770-1843 Erica Wald 99

7 Selling Home: Marketing Home Furnishings in Late Colonial Bombay Abigail McGowan 117

8 Social Geographies of Bombay's Sex Trade, 1880-1920 Ashwini Tambe 147

Part III Power

9 Worthy Objects of Charity: Government, Communities and Charitable Institutions in Colonial Bombay Preeti Chopra 171

10 Proletarian Bodies and Muslim Festivals: Disciplining Pleasure in Colonial Bombay Nile Green 195

11 'A Powerful Weapon for the Employers?': Workers' Housing and Social Control in Interwar Bombay Vanessa Caru 213

Part IV Nationalism

12 The Transnational Career of the 'Indian Edison': Shankar Abaji Bhisey and the Nationalist Promotion of Scientific-Talent Dinyar Patel 239

13 Civil Disobedience and the City: Congress and the working classes in Bombay, c. 1930-32 Robert Rahman Raman 263

14 The Politics of Business: The Congress Ministry and the Muslim League in Bombay, 1937-39 Danish Khan 285

Part V Afterword

15 Remembering Bombay: Present Memories, Past Histories Jim Masselos 305

Appendix J. C. Masselos's Publications 315

Notes 327

Bibliography 397

Index 413

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