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Making Peace, Making Riots
Communalism and Communal Violence, Bengal 1940–1947

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  • Date Published: May 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108673129

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  • The decade of the 1940s was a turbulent one for Bengal. War, famine, riots and partition - Bengal witnessed it all, and the unique experience of each of these factors created a space for diverse social and political forces to thrive and impact the lives of people of the province. The book embarks on a study of the last seven years of colonial rule in Bengal, analysing the interplay of multiple socioeconomic and political factors that shaped community identities into communal ones. The focus is on three major communal riots that the province witnessed - the Dacca Riots (1941), the Great Calcutta Killings (August 1946) and the Noakhali Riots (October 1946). This book moves beyond the binary understanding of communalism as Hindu versus Muslim and looks at the caste politics in the province, and offers a complete understanding of the 1940s before partition.

    • Refers to previously unexplored archival resources
    • Offers fresh perspectives on the relief measures and other philanthropic activities during the Bengal riots/famine (1940–47)
    • Explores the Gandhian model of peace keeping and its relevance in Bengal during the specific period
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    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108673129
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. The Dacca Riot, 1941
    2. Famine 1943 – towards a hardening of community identities
    3. From community to communal: the Bengal Secondary Education Bill and the idea of Pakistan
    4. The Great Calcutta Killing, August 1946
    5. Noakhali Riots, October 1946
    6. A test of faith: Gandhi in Noakhali and Calcutta, 1946–47
    Concluding remarks
    Glossary
    Appendix 1
    Appendix 2
    Appendix 3
    Appendix 4
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Anwesha Roy, King's College London
    Anwesha Roy is Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Gandhian Politics at the Department of History, King's College London. She completed her Ph.D. from Jawaharlal National University, India, and was also a Charles Wallace Scholar to Britain in 2014.

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