Fractured Modernity: Making of a Middle Class in Colonial North India (Monumental Legacy Series)

By Sanjay Joshi

This paintings describes the increase of a center type in colonial India. utilizing Lucknow as a case learn, the writer demonstrates ways that the making of the center type in British India used to be heavily tied to either "modern" and "traditional" imaginings and buildings of sophistication, group, state and gender family members.

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