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A Joint EnterpriseIndian Elites and the Making of British Bombay$
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Preeti Chopra

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670369

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670369.001.0001

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A Joint Enterprise

A Joint Enterprise

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A Joint Enterprise
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Preeti Chopra

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670369.003.0001

This chapter establishes the concept that Bombay was built and controlled jointly by the colonial rulers and the Indian and European mercantile and industrial elite to serve the interests of these classes and the commerce of the city. Arguing against the popular notion that a colonial city is the product of the singular vision of the colonial regime, it builds on recent literature that shows how a variety of colonial cities resulted as much from contributions of local populations as from contributions of the colonial regime or settlers. The objective is to demonstrate the operation of the joint enterprise and to introduce readers to Bombay by discussing the urbanization of the city and important phases of its growth.

Keywords:   Bombay, colonial rulers, industrial elite, colonial city, joint enterprise, urbanization

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