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Imperial India: A Pictorial History-bookcover

By: A. S. Bhalla

Imperial India: A Pictorial History

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Magnificent palaces, forts and fortresses, victory towers and memorials, among others, are the living symbols of imperial lavishness in India. The book describes and illustrates royal edifices from Agra, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Hyderabad, Lahore, Madras, Poona, Rawalpindi, Quetta and Simla. The physical history of the above architecture is juxtaposed with social history of the time, for example, segregation of the British rulers from their subjects, and habits and customs of the colonial rulers and Indian and Burmese princes. The cultural history of the times is captured by the establishment of Shakespearean theatre, musical comedies and drama in the Indian sub-continent. Transport history is addressed through a discussion and illustration of Indian railways, among the largest transport networks in the world. My private and rare collection of vintage postcards published in Germany and the UK between 1905 and 1910 is the main source of illustrations in the book.

A.S. Bhalla (M.A. Cant, Ph.D. Manchester) is a former fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge UK and former Special Adviser to the President of International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa. Dr Bhalla has held academic positions at Cambridge, Oxford, Yale and Manchester. His other historical books are Royal Tombs of India (Mapin, 2009); Buddhist Art in Asia (Austin Macauley, 2014); Glimpses of Medieval Switzerland (Austin Macauley, 2015) and Monuments, Power and Poverty in India: From Ashoka to the Raj (I.B. Tauris, 2015). He has written extensively on various other subjects. He is the (co) author of Poverty and Exclusion of Minorities in China and India (PalgraveMacmillan, 2017); Poverty among Immigrant Children in Europe (PalgraveMacmillan, 2009); Poverty and Exclusion in a Global World (PalgraveMacmillan, 2004) and Uneven Development in the Third World (Macmillan (1995) among other publications. 

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