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A COLONIAL SMALL TOWN IN BENGAL: BANKURA IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

    1 Author(s):  PROF. KARTIC GADI

Vol -  12, Issue- 2 ,         Page(s) : 65 - 68  (2021 ) DOI : https://doi.org/10.32804/IRJMSH

Abstract

Study the history of a small town was not a very old phenomenon in the ambit of the historical research. In the course of historical inquisitiveness for urban history most of the time focuses would be on the features of the large scale urbanity or in other words cities or big urban centers are always sucks all the limelight of the historical research meant for reconstructing the urban history. Urban and urbanity are two words used exclusively to define the very nature and characteristics of the people inhabiting in a town or a city. Urban behavior along with the growth of physical urbanity in an area also marked by a clear-cut differentiation with its rural past and in between these two (urban and rural) there is a middle layer or state which can be defined as nascent urban, semi-urban or sub-urban or a small town. The name ‘small town’ indicating very distinct characteristics such as its closeness with rural culture, elite-popular dichotomy, deep rooted religio-centric social structure in one hand and on the other under the colonial rule its endless thrust for imbibing the new symbols of modernity for instance the new form of instruction, English education, raising of new professions, accepting the new form of local self government, readiness for accepting new economy, polity, lifestyle and so on.

1. Shekher Bhowmik, ed. ItihascharchaSampratikPrabanata,  Mahisadal, 2011, p. 211
2. Ibid.
3.  Letter from Wm. Blunt, Magistrate, Jungle Mehals, to  George Dowdeswell, Secretary to Government in the Judicial Department, Fort William, on7th July, 1807
4.  Letter from Wm. Blunt, Magistrate, Jungle Mehals, to  George Dowdeswell, Secretary to Government in the Judicial Department, Fort William, on 3rd  July, 1808

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