ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Port Systems in Colonial India

Ports and Their Hinterlands In India (1700-1950) edited by Indu Banga; Manohar, New Delhi, 1992; pp xiv + 385, Rs 350. TWO well known institutions, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Indian Institute of Advanced Study, in collaboration with the Urban History Association of India sponsored a seminar in 1990 on ports and their hinterlands, and the papers presented there have now been'published in this book. As with all publications comprising papers contributed by several people, here also we have a mixed bag. I would broadly classify the contributions here 'under three categories: (i) papers which are of a good standard and relevant to the main theme; (ii) papers which are good, but not very relevant to the double theme of ports and their hinterlands; and (iii) studies which are relevant to the main theme, but are of indifferent quality.

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