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Cities: Colonial Cities: South Asia
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The period of British Crown rule in South Asia (1858–1947) witnessed the rise of urban forms, institutions, and attitudes that were entirely novel in the subcontinent. At the same time, pre-existing urban forms, institutions, and attitudes were selectively reworked, placed into new contexts, and occasionally disqualified or abandoned. Contemporary scholarship on colonial cities in South Asia has actively explored the gendered nature of these transformations.

Throughout colonial South Asia (including present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myan…

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Glover, William J., “Cities: Colonial Cities: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0211b>
First published online: 2009

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