The Spoils of Partition: Bengal and India, 1947-1967

By: Joya Chatterji

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The partition of India in 1947 was a seminal event of the twentieth century. Much has been written about the Punjab and the creation of West Pakistan; by contrast, little is known about the partition of Bengal. This remarkable book by an acknowledged expert on the subject assesses the social, economic and political consequences of partition. Using new and previously unexplored sources, the book shows how and why the borders were redrawn, how the creation of new nation states led to unprecedented upheavals, massive shifts in population and wholly unexpected transformations of the political landscape in both Bengal and India. The book also reveals how the spoils of partition, which the Congress in Bengal had expected from the new boundaries, were squandered over the twenty years which followed. This is an original and challenging work whose findings change our understanding and its consequences for the history of the subcontinent. Contents Introduction Part I. Hopes and Fears: 1. The devil in the detail: new borders for a new state 2. Swings and roundabouts: West Bengal and the new India Part II. The Bengal Diaspora: 3. Partition and migration: refugees in West Bengal, 1947–67 4. Staying on: West Bengal's Muslim minorities Part III. The Politics of a Partitioned State: 5. Political reconstruction and change: congress government and politics, 1947–67 6. The revenge of the periphery: the rise of the opposition in West Bengal Conclusion Appendix Bibliography. Printed Pages: 360 with 1 line figure, 19 maps, and 26 tables.

Title: The Spoils of Partition: Bengal and India, 1947-1967

Author Name: Joya Chatterji

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2008

ISBN: 97805211515276

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 155 x 235 Mm

Seller ID: 023574

Keywords: Partition India