The Defining Moments in Bengal

Bhattacharya, Sabyasachi
Date published: 
June 2014

This book tries to answer some frequently unasked questions about the history of Bengal. In what way was twentieth-century Bengal different from 'Renaissance' Bengal of the late nineteenth century? How did a regional identity consciousness develop? What social experiences drove the Muslim community's identity consciousness? How did Bengal cope with crises like the inflation during World War II, and the famine of 1943, the communal riots, climaxed by the Calcutta riots of 1946? This work attempts to look at these crises which cast a shadow on the decades that followed the period under study, 1920-1947.