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Monuments, Power and Poverty in India: From Ashoka to the Raj

Monuments, Power and Poverty in India: From Ashoka to the Raj
A. S. Bhalla

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Much has been written about the Imperial architecture of the Indian subcontinent, but this is the first book to dig deeply into the extent of imperial extravagance set against the economic and social deprivations of ordinary subjects. Bhalla uses an extensive collection of illustrations to complement this apparent paradox, assessing three Indian empires - Hindu, Muslim and British. From the 3rd century BC through to the end of British colonialism, splendid and often deliberately ostentatious buildings glorified the contemporary social structures. Through comparisons and contrasts, from the mausolea and palaces of the Mughals to the government buildings and memorials provided by the British, this is a comprehensive and well-researched overview of a country whose architectural history gives important insights into the diversity of its rulers.

Author Info

A.S. Bhalla is a Special Professor at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, UK and was formerly Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and Special Adviser to the President of International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa. Earlier he had a distinguished career in the United Nations Civil Service. He has held academic positions at Cambridge, Oxford, Yale and Manchester. He is the author of Poverty and Exclusion of Minorities in China and Indi a, Royal Tombs of India and Poverty among Immigrant Children in Europe, among other publications.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Colonial History

ISBN: 9781784530877
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2015
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 50 bw integrated, 10 colour in 8pp plates, 1 map

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