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Item Code: IDG531
Author: Nitish Sengupta
Publisher: UBS Publishers Distributors Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8174763554
Pages: 568
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.7" X 5.8"
About the Book :

The book is a history of the people who speak Bengali in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal and Other Bengali-speaking areas of country - from the earliest recorded times to 1947 when the Indian subcontinent was partitioned into India and Pakistan, and nearly tow-thirds of undivided Bengal went out of India. The study starts with the origin of the Bangalee race and traces the growth of Bengali language, which is the one great motivation force that binds together racially different people who converse in this language. The study focuses on the political history of the Bengalees from the earliest times to the time when the tow Bengals stopped sharing a common political history. It delves into the cultural, linguistic, literary and social aspects of Bengal's development only in so far as they have a direct impact on the political developments of the time.

About the Author

A civil servant, academician, management expert and author, Dr. Nitish Sengupta had his education at the Presidency College, Calcutta, and secured a ' double first' in B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in History. A gold medallist in the M.A. examination, he started his career as Assistant Professor of History in Presidency College and thereafter joined the IAS. While working in the IAS, he did his Doctorate in Management from the University of Delhi.

He has worked as Revenue Secretary, Government of India, Secretary, Planning Commission, Controller of Capital Issues, Director General of Tourism, and Secretary (Information and Culture), Government of West Bengal. He has also represented India at various UN bodies and was elected Chairman, UN Commission on Transnational Cooperation. His other publications include Changing Patterns of Corporate Management, Government and Business, Inside the Steel Frame and Unshacking of the Indian Industry. After his retirement, he returned to the Academia and became the Director General, International Management Institute, New Delhi. He has recently joined politics and is currently a member of the Lok Sabha.


Part I
Ancient Bengal
Chapter 1Land and the People 1
Chapter 2Early History of Bengal13
Chapter 3 First Bengal Kingdom Under Sasanka24
Chapter 4The Imperial Palas30
Chapter 5The Sen Dynasty40
Chapter 6Turkish Conquest and Early Turkish Rulers of Bengal50
Chapter 7Ilyas Shahi Dynasty56
Chapter 8The Short-lived Dynasty of Raja Ganesh and the Later Ilyas Shahi Dynasty61
Chapter 9 Spread of Islam66
Part II
The Emergence of Bengal in History
Chapter 10The Glorious Age of Hussain Shah (1493-1519)71
Chapter 11Origian and Growth of Bengali Language and Early Bengali Literature80
Chapter 12Shir Chaitanaya (1485-1534) Bengal Vaishnavism and Bengali Literature93
Part III
The Mughal Period
Chapter 13The Pathans and the Mughals98
Chapter 14Bengal as a Province of Mughal Empire104
Chapter 15Advent of Europeans119
Chapter 16Age of Murshid Quli Khan127
Chapter 17Alivardi Khan (1740-56) and the Maratha Invasion132
Chapter 18Siraj-ud-Daulah (1756-57) and British Conquest of Bengal138
Part IV
The Early British Period
Chapter 19Mir Jafar 's Puppet Rule (1757-60): Real and Nominal Authority156
Chapter 20Nawab Mir Qasim-The Last Flicker of Assertion of Authority (1760-64)162
Chapter 21Era of Warren Hastings (1772-85)175
Chapter 22Anit-Government Popular Disturbances against Colonial Rule (1766-1857)183
Chapter 23Economic Transition During the First Century of British Rule194
Part V
19th Century Renaissance and the Great Transformation
Chapter 24Bengal Renaissance and the Transformation209
Chapter 25Religious Reform Movements (1857-1902)
Keshave Sen, Ramakrishna and Vivekananda
Chapter 26Literature and Art253
Chapter 27Industrial and Infrastructural Developments in the 19th Century257
Chapter 28The Indigoi Movement (1859-62)266
Chapter 29The Administration of Lieutenant Governors (1854-1904)272
Part VI
Political Aspirations: Movements Towards Freedom
Chapter 30Growth of Political Consiousness:
A Nation in the Making
Chapter 31Beginnings of Muslim Separatism: The Unmaking of Nation294
Chapter 32First Partition of Bengal (1905) and the Aftermath307
Chapter 33Armed Revolutionary Movement: First Phase 330
Chapter 34Morley-Minto Reforms and the Unpartitioning of Bengal340
Chapter 35Developments During the First World War(1914-18)
Part VII
Age of Chittaranjan, Gandhi and Subhas Bose
Chapter 36Non-cooperation and Khilafat Movement357
Chapter 37Dyarchy in Action (1921-26): Swarajya-Muslim Interaction364
Chapter 38Armed Revolutionary Movement: Second Phase (1920-35)376
Chapter 39Bengal Politics (1927-37)388
Chapter 40Crystallising of Bengalee Muslim Political Psyche394
Chapter 41Rise and Fall of Subhas Bose in Congress Politics403
Pariting of Ways (1937-45)
Chapter 42Fazlul Huq's First Government: KPP-Muslim League Coalition420
Chapter 43Shyama-Huq Coalition (1941-43)434
Chapter 44Nizimuddin's Muslim League Coalition
Government and the Great Famine of 1943
Chapter 45Subhas Bose's Grand Climax of the Azad Hind Fauj462
Part IX
Undivided Bengal: The Last Phase (1945-47)
Chapter 46The Unintended and Stormy Emergence of Two Bengals469

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