Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru: Imaginations and Their Times (Hardback)
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Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru: Imaginations and Their Times (Hardback)

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Hardback 316 Pages / Published: 11/03/2010
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Probing into the history beyond mere historical facts, this book focuses on the 'imaginations' that have determined the course of Bengaluru over the last two-and-a-half centuries. It puts together contemporary accounts of the imaginations of those who were heard at each point of time. This approach is particularly relevant in present day India, of the current time where debates on history are largely a matter of choosing one set of historical facts instead of another.

The imaginations in the book relate to those of the Bengaluru of the eighteenth century that the British colonised; the nineteenth century Bangalore they ruled, directly or indirectly; the Bangalore of the twentieth century years after Independence; and the Bengaluru of the twenty-first century. It identifies the events that marked the turning points in the history of the city over those centuries, from the Battle for Bangalore in 1791 to the battles on the city's roads in the twenty-first century. It then picks the 'words' that capture the imagination that prompted each event, whether it was in the form of Thomas Munro's letter home, Seshadri Iyer's report to the Assembly on the plague or the prospectus of the Initial Public Offer of shares by Infosys.

This work, which provides a new view of Bengaluru's history as well as a method of looking at the past that is quite different from most Indian historical studies, will interest historians, sociologists and all academics in the social sciences.

Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
ISBN: 9788132103035
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 23 mm


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The process of resurrection from Bengaluru through Bangalore back to Bengaluru has phases punctuated by fascinating events and incidents. This has been faithfully recorded in the book titled Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru: Imaginations and Their Times. It has been a successful attempt by three well known editors, in putting together visions fired by imaginations of armymen, bureaucrats and academics of different ages and at different times spanning across nearly three centuries. What is interesting about the book is the way in which centrality of the city's history is maintained despite the multiple focal points criss-crossing as one leafs through the chapters of the book. The factual content for a change is methodologically less historical in nature and unconventional in presentation.... The divergent factors emerging out of the well-researched archival material are interwoven into a meaningful whole. The authentic study of different phases of the development leads to brighten phases of the development leads to brighten visions of `Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru' beyond the imaginations and their times.

-- The Statesman
Efforts like this book backed with immaculate research become extremely vital and necessary. Using the past to build a bridge to the present and a roadmap for the future, as encapsulated in the book, is definitely how the history of any city needs to be written, read and understood. -- Current Science

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