Bengal and 1857 (Selections)

In the year of the 150th anniversary of the Revolt 1857, there has been a spate of historical literature on the epoch, revisiting and excavating its various aspects. The author has undertaken a similar probe into the contemporary accounts and dug out valuable information on hitherto unknown socio-economic aspects of the Great Revolt as it took place in Bengal. There has been hardly a single work in this field excepting stray reference to Mangal Pandey’s sally at Barrackpore .The author’s enterprise is a unique contribution to this growing literature.

About the Author
Ananda Bhattacharya did his M.A and Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Jadavpur,Kolkata India and a Diploma in Archives Keeping from the National Archives of India,New Delhi,India.Currently he is Assistant Director of the West Bengal State Archives and has already been accepted as a leading historian on late 18th and early 19th century India. His major important publications include Indigo Rebellion: A Selection; Banglay Sufi Andolon etc. He has also contributed papers in 400 years of Capital Dhaka and Beyond. He is a regular contributor of Social Scientist; Economic and Political Weekly; Journal of the Muslim Minority Affairs, London (Routledge/Taylor and Francis) and Journal of the American Oral History Association, Words and Silence. Dr. Bhattacharya has attended various national and international seminars and presented papers on different aspects of Indian History.