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History and the Changing Horizon: Science, Environment and Social Systems

Amit Bhattacharyya (Editor) Mahua Sarkar (Editor)

This compendium of 13 papers, presented at an international seminar, organized at Jadavpur University, attempts to examine the different issues concerning social systems, science and environment, with special reference to India. Taking a close look at the status of ecology and technology from ancient to modern India, it discusses at length the geographical landscape and migration of technological tradition, the environmental disturbances occurred in India and Afghanistan during the early medieval period, land use and tenancy rights.

Further discussing the inner dynamics of capitalism, imperialism and indigenous culture, it deals with the people’s movements and the social changes, with special focus on the Maoist and anti-POSCO movements, the rise of Fascist and Nazi totalitarianism, and the early Soviet commitment to environment protection and its decline.

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About the author

Amit Bhattacharyya

Amit Bhattacharyya was educated at Presidency College and Jadavpur University, Kolkata. At present, he teaches in the Department of History, JU. His major publications include 1) Swadeshi Enterprise in Bengal 1900-1920 (Calcutta 1986), a slightly revised version of a dissertation for which he was awarded the Ph.D. degree by Jadavpur University in 1985; 2) Swadesh Interprise in Bengal the Second Phase 1921-1947 (Calcutta 1995), a post-doctoral work that was subsequently extended and for which he was awarded the D. Litt. Degree by Jadavpur University in 2000; 3) Disha O Dishari Chin Biplab O Mao Tse-tung-er ekti Bastunishtha Bishleshan (Kolkata, 2003). Books edited jointly with others: 1) Political Economy and Protest in Colonial India (Calcutta 1997); 2) Science, Technology, Medicine and Environment in India Historical Perspectives (Calcutta 1998). His other publications include articles on various aspects of the Economic History of Modern India, History of Modern China, Ancient India, State terrorism and violation of Human Rights in West Bengal and others.

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Title History and the Changing Horizon: Science, Environment and Social Systems
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Setu Prakashani
Language: English
isbn 9789380677705
length vii+345p., Illustrations; 22cm.
Subjects History