ISBN 9788121507431,Adventurers, Landowners And Rebels: Bengal C. 1575-C. 1715

Adventurers, Landowners And Rebels: Bengal C. 1575-C. 1715



Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 1998

ISBN 9788121507431

ISBN-10 812150743X

Hard Back

Number of Pages 291 Pages
Language (English)


nst the Mughals occurred in coastal Bengal, where the adventurers tried to set up independent principalities with the help of the Arakan power and the Portuguese pirates. Yet the determined movement of the Mughals helped to set up Pax Mughalica, Which, in turn, helped the growth of trade and commerce with its increasing linkages with north India and Europe, particularly from the second half of the seventeenth century. The banks of the Bhagirathi saw rapid growth of urbanization with the disappearance of the Portuguese from Hughly. Here the course of the revolt of a petty zamindar has been traced, who targeted these defenceless urban areas at the end of the seventeenth century that saw the fortification of European enclaves, the first stage of their claim of extra-territoriality. The third section of this monography attempts to analyse the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Bengali and English perception of these revolts in the background of the growing momentum of freedom struggle. Such perception portray different attitude in literary and historical works and were often coloured by communal passions. At least two of these rebels were turned into heroes, on the model of Rajput and Maratha fighters of medieval days, in the Bengali nationalist historiography which confronts the colonial perception of "law and order" on the one hand and communal division on the other. How far these different strands of historiography affected each other in their appreciation of the past has been discussed here. This monograph, based on contemporary documents in English, French, Persian and Bengali languages, tries to trace the socio-economic changes in Bengal in late medieval period and presents an alternative set of analyses, in which the neglected history of the coastal society of Bengal has been brought out from oblivion.