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The Defining Moments in Bengal: 1920–1947

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya


This work explores the early twentieth century trends that constituted the life and mind of Bengal for decades to come. It is one of the arguments in this book that in the 1920s there began a redefinition of Bengal’s identity that distinguishes twentieth-century Bengal from the past, the era of the ‘Renaissance’. In the 1920s the vernacularization of the language of politics, the rise of a new Muslim middle class with the spread of education, and the increasing focus on Bengali language and culture in the academic world were some of the signs of a new ‘Bengali Partiotism’ of the bhadralok elit ... More

Keywords: Bengali identity, vernacularization of politics, chastity, community, social integration, inequality, Muslim identity, history, revolutionary nationalism, Left, politics of exclusion, Plan Balkan, United Bengal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198098942
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198098942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, author
Tagore National Fellow, Ministry of Culture, Government of India