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Through War and Famine Bengal 1939-45


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ISBN 10: 8125035486 / ISBN 13: 9788125035480
Published by Orient Blackswan, 2010
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Contents Acknowledgements. Prologue. 1. Gathering of war clouds fears and hopes. 2. Civil society in the shadow of war. 3. Political economy of war industry state and labour. 4. Denial dissent and politics of hunger. 5. Making of the famine. 6. Social aspects of destitution. Epilogue. Appendix Tabulated statement of civil military clashes 1942 45. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. World War II and the Bengal famine of 1943 are the two windows through which this book explores the history of Bengal between 1939 and 1945. The social base of the different sections of the people in this region determined the impact of both the war and the famine on them. Drawing upon this multidimensional reality the book presents a holistic history of Bengal during this period. The author delves into questions of how the war transformed the relationship between the imperial state and its subjects and their political representatives. She focuses on the fear and hopes and the political ambitions and frustrations of different political groups and individuals as the state used propaganda and force to command their loyalty. The work shows how the war provided an opportunity to challenge the validity of the colonial classification of martial and non martial races as it was applied in Bengal. It highlights the tense relations between the military and civil society and how war and deprivation drew religious and lower caste groups into sectarian politics. Bringing to the fore the alterations in the economic landscape of Bengal the book discusses the realities of wage cuts longer working hours absence of insurance against injury and non payment of compensation. It draws attention to the economic distress of the peasants the curious case of the famine unfolding in the rural interiors and the government's debt collection drive in 1943 that made a mockery of its own famine relief activities. The author argues that it was not just a coincidence or a war time casualty that a substantial section of destitute women were driven by circumstances into the network of prostitution in the war years. This book will be useful to students and scholars of history sociology and politics. 274 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 74363

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Title: Through War and Famine Bengal 1939-45

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

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Drawing upon the multidimensional reality of the time, this book presents a holistic history of Bengal during this period. The author delves into questions of how the War transformed the relationship between the imperial state and its subject, and their political representatives.

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