History of Urbanization in India

Korean Minjok Leadership Academy

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June 9th 2008
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June 9th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

In 1668 the East India Company was not concerned about setting up a port on the subcontinent. (1) Bombay was an island and thus not located on the subcontinent. The EIC needed a secure, defensible warehouse, with a natural port. As major trade center, at that time, functioned Surat; the fact that Bombay was ultimately to replace Surat is an accident of history.
Urbs Prima means "foremost city",
Actually "The First City in India" in the meaning of the most important. Latin
In your notes you give information, part of which I regard general knowledge. The purpose of notes is rather to tell uour reader where you obtained that particular piece of information.

Quote Ewon : I feel like I have been struggling a little during research project time this semester. I had some difficulty trying to grasp what my topic really was about - whether it was a paper that required a lot of statistics on population and literacy and exact figures and such or just descriptions of social phenomenons that led to big cities. What did urbanization exactly mean? I wanted to focus on social aspects but the sites I got into contained mainly statistics over short periods of time, and I didn't know how to incorporate those into the social fabric.
The slow delivery of books did not help either, but I don't consider that as an excuse; I should have been able to do more pre-research without the books. So I would like to deeply apologize.
I checked with the books; some of them should have been here before now, so I sent emails to the publishers and am waiting for replies. Some of them are on their way. I'm still not sure if I have a clear idea of where I want my paper to go, and I want to clear it out, so I've decided to stay at school during the summer session to focus on this project. I was thinking of doing it during my time as a history TA, but I've heard your notorious reputation about how hard you work your TAs (hahaha just kidding^^) and decided that during the summer session I could put this project as top priority, as I will only be taking one class and have no other preoccupations.
I know you will be busy with your classes but I'll try to stop by when you don't have them, and get some advice.

You can come any time when you finf me not busy.
Hmmm, Mr. Ganse works his TAs hard. The TAs should not work hard to please me, but because they know that way they can contribute to the school staying afloat. I hope as a TA you will learn to apreciate my contribution as well.
What does urbanization precisely mean ? There are numerous possible angles from which to look at the phenomenon. However, you will find yourself limited by the sources, the information accessible to you. I hope sincerely that we can go beyond mere statistical data. A city is an administrative, economic, social, ecological, (multi-)cultural center. With cities the size of those you picked, it will be impossible, within the limited time you have, to thoroughly examine all aspects; you will have to walk a tightrope between the problem of choice and the problem of insufficient data. Try, and see how far you get.
Still need to get your term paper - due date was yesterday. If my memory serves me correctly, last semester I receivd your paper in the very last moment as well. A piece of advice - work on your time management.

June 9th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

Very detailed, and perhaps a bit ambitious. I hope you can handle writing it with the sources you have at hand. Perhaps Chapter IV.1.1 : Metropolis of the North : Delhi etc.

June 9th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

Your bibliography updates indicate your progress; regarding the Albuquerque book - try get it when you are in India. I fear it may be lost. A bit disappointing that at this stage you did not go through all available bibliographic sources yet. I wrote my website with the intention to provide a starting point for research, not a closing point.

May 1st 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

I. It seems you do not understand the term "bibliography" - a list of books, in a wider sense of sources, in print, electronic form or other. I have rearranged your bibliography accordingly; please check.
II. In some cases you have simply copied and pasted my comments into your list. When I give you information on a source, it is informal and does not have to have complete bibliographic information; when you add it to your bibliography, it is to be posted here, thus should be complete. I have fixed that problem, but that should not be my task.
III. You have added the books you have ordered. However, essential information is missing - year of publication.

The next step should be the Working Table of Contents; for comparison look into PIH's Log.

April 18th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

I suggest you reorganize your bibliography as follows :

(1) bibliographies used
(2) Titles you have accessed or are certain to access
(3) Titles you regard relevant, but are not sure if you are going to use them

In section (1) add comments as to if you went through them yet, covered part of it (note a remark such as keyword India, 670 out of 1340 entries checked) or did not get to looking into them yet, but plan to do so.
In lists (2) and (3) you can remark at the end where you found them, for instance by adding (DIBL) for the database. Obviously, more general titles are likely to appear in (2), titles on the very specialist type in (3).

You did not add the Historical Dictiionary of India, which should be listed under bibliographies and perhaps again under sources you are sure to use, as well as books on the (general) history of India. You did not list the book you ordered on the history of Bombay.
It may be useful, to develop your bibliography into a commented bibliography. Example a source you failed to list : B.R. Mitchell, International Historical Statistics, Africa, Asia & Oceania 1750-2000, London : Palgrave MacMillan 2003
has tables on population of major cities pp.39-47; data on Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Baroda, Benares, Bhopal, Bombay, Calcutta, Chittagong, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dacca, Delhi, Faisalabad, Gwalior, Hyderabad (I), Hyderabad (P), Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Karachi, Kozhicode, Lahore, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madras, Madurai, Multan, Mysore, Nagpur, Patna, Peshawar, Poona, Rawalpindi, Sholapur, Surat, Visakhapatnam

List my India Index pages under bibliographies (for the links provided, Republic of India : http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/india/xindia.html; British India : http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/india/xbrindia.html)
Digital South Asia Library : Imperial Gazetteer (25 volume encyclopedia issued 1908-1931; must quote)
Ian Poyntz' page (city maps Bombay etc.)

Keep working on the bibliography.
Independently, think of an outline and a working table of contents as step two.