Dacca: A Study in Urban History and Development, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover


A Study in Urban History and Development, 1st Edition

By Sharif Uddin Ahmed


282 pages

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Originally published in 1986, this work discusses the development in Dacca of western-style municipal organization and its financial and practical problems and also explores the economic transition of the city after 1840. It is one of the few urban studies which carries through from the ‘old order’ to the new administrative towns of British rule and attempts to show what happened to the communities of townsmen in the period of adaptation. It casts new light on the function and organization of Indian urban societies in the colonial period, on the transfer of western institutions and the organization and composition of Bengali trade outside Calcutta.

Table of Contents



Nineteenth-Century Dacca: Some Views


1. Dacca: The Historical Setting

2. A Centre of Provincial Administration

3. A Centre of Education

4. Economic Revival: Trade, Commerce and Manufactures

5. Demographic and Physical Changes

6. The Struggles for Urban Renewal

7. Urban Solutions

8. Growth of Elective Local Government





About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban History

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1983, draw together research by leading academics on William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine the historical, political and philosophical, whilst also exploring their work with other political figures such as Paul Kruger. This set will be of interest to students of history and politics respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General