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Sir Bartle Frere and His Times: A Study of His Bombay years

Rekha Ranade (Author)
Synopsis The book recounts the chequeredk career of one of the distinguished British administrative posts as Resident of Satara (1846-1848), commissioner of Sind (1831-1859) and Member of the Council of the governor-General in Calcutta (1859-1862) he came to be admired by the best minds ofl his generation before he rose to occupy the office of the Governor of Bombay (1862-1867). As an advocate of the policy of decentralization and association of Indians with the administration he had been deeply convinced of the British responsibility to govern India in her own interest. His governorship was synchronized with the commercial prosperity of Bombay of his time. The book discusses in detail the failure of the Bank of Bombay and spotlights the brilliant career of a dynamic administroator who sought to mould Bombay Presidency according to his convictions and earned both administration and censure. A gifted intellectual and an academician of distinction, he made energetic efforts to promote the primary as well as higher education both of which found in him a friendkl and patron. Female education waskl his special forte. Cultural life of the Presidency in general, and of the Bombay city in particular received a fresh lease of life under him. A master builder with a refined aesthetic sense, Sir Bartle Frere built magnificent buildings which beautified the city of Bombay and changed its skyline. The Rajabai Tower, University Convocation Hall, the High Court building etc., stand to this day as standing monuments to his creative power. In this book the author has attempted to give a gripping account of Sir Bartle Frere’s activities against the background of Western Indian society during its early formative period. She has drawn from all sources including private papersk and archival material besides standard authorities on the subject and a result, the book promise to be a new assessment of one of the makers of Bombay presidency.
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About the author

Rekha Ranade

Dr. Rekha P. Ranade (b. 1952) B. Sc., M.A. Ph.D. had a brilliant academic career. She won University prizes for securing first rank in M.A. (History). Currently she is Lecturer in History in the University of Poona. She has published research papers in reputed journals.

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Title Sir Bartle Frere and His Times: A Study of His Bombay years
Author Rekha Ranade
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1990
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170992222
length xii+222p., Tables; References; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History