New Delhi : the last imperial city

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Full title: New Delhi : the last imperial city / David A. Johnson (University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA).
Main author: Johnson, David A., 1965-
Format: Book           

Summary: "In New Delhi : The Last Imperial City, Johnson provides an historically rich examination of the intersection of early twentieth-century imperial culture, imperial politics, and imperial economics as reflected in the colonial built environment at New Delhi, a remarkably ambitious imperial capital built by the British between 1911 and 1931. India's changed political conditions, exacerbated by previous colonial policies like the partition of Bengal, demanded a new approach to an India which was undergoing tremendous political, social, and economic transformations caused by its long interactions with Britain. At this critical moment and as the pre-eminent symbol of British imperial rule in India, New Delhi crucially displayed a double narrative of promised liberation and continued colonial dependence. This message, rich in ambiguity, created tension between a government intent on satisfying Indian demands for political reform with its equally important need to maintain absolute authority. Britain's last imperial capital in South Asia represented a new model of imperial hegemony based not simply on coercion but on Indian consent to further colonial rule"--
Language: English
Published: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Classmark: JDA954.56 /761112
Series: Britain and the world
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN: 9781137469861 (hardback)
1137469862 (hardback)