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Calcutta: The Stormy Decades

Tanika Sarkar (Editor) Sekhar Bandyopadhyay (Editor)

This is an attempt to present the history of Calcutta by a new approach—that of combining poetry with historical writing thereby retaining the essence of both forms. Unfolding the tumultuous events of a critical period in the history of Calcutta—the 1940s and the 1950s, it views the city of Calcutta as a whole during the decades. It deals with the ordering of urban space, impact of war, famine and unrest, the nature of communal relations, and the city’s early post-colonial transition. It discusses its cultural life and politics, social dichotomies, and conflicts between groups. Referring to varied sources like literary writings, letters, official ordinances issues, minutes of meetings and reports of committees during the crucial period, it takes up the mills of the city, the politics of survival during the period of famine, role of colonial administration, urban planning and the state of the Muslims in Calcutta.

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About the author

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay teaches modern Indian history at Victoria University of Welington in New Zealand. He has also taught at Calcutta University and Kalyani University in India. He is the author of Caste, Politics and the Raj: Bengal, 1872-1937 (1990). He is the editor of Bengal: Rethinking History. Essays in Historiography (2001) and a co-editor of Caste and Communal Politics in South Asia (1993) and Bengal Communities, Development and States (1994).

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Title Calcutta: The Stormy Decades
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.05.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789383166077
length xii+474p., Illustrations; 23cm.
Subjects History