Bengal MS Records (Four Volume Set)

Author:

Sir William Wilson Hunter

,

Ananda Bhattacharyya

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2018
ISBN-13

9788193779408

ISBN-10 8193779401
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 1494 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 23x15x12
Weight (grms) 2710

W.W. Hunter’s Bengal Ms Records 1782-1807 in four volumes, is based on the Collectorate records and the records of the Board of Revenue which were widely scattered. Hunter made an extensive survey of these records which are now available in a complete form in the record room of the Directorate of State Archives, West Bengal. The records relate to the judicial, civil, military and land revenue administration of the East India Company. The introductory note of Hunter as found in the Bengal Ms Records and the bulk of letters, throw light on the revenue work that progressed territorially with the expansion of the Presidency.


The importance of the Board of Revenue records was given considerable significance as these records were the raw data for reconstructing these volumes. Hunter’s omnibus compilation had thrown light on various districts of Bengal Presidency, viz.,Midnapore, Bissenpore (Bishnupur), Cuttuck, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Chittagong, Purneah, Bhagalpur, Shahabad and Benares and dealt with such matters as rent suits, waste lands, lakhiraj lands, Government estates and their settlements, customs, excise, salt, opium, indigo, police, post office, and public works including sanitation, embankments, stamps and survey.


The consolidated index prepared by Hunter shows the exhaustive nature of his research and would prove to be a lodestone for scholars of colonialism in South Asia.

Sir William Wilson Hunter

Ananda Bhattacharyya

Ananda Bhattacharyya is Assistant Director of the West Bengal State Archives. His many publications include Sir William Wilson Hunter: Bengal MS Records – A Selected List of 14,136 Letters in the Board of Revenue, Calcutta, 1782-1807, with an Historical Dissertation and Analytical Index, 4 vols (2018); A History of the Dasnami Naga Sannyasis (2018); Adivasi Resistance in Early Colonial India (2017); Remembering Komagata Maru: Official Reports and Contemporary Accounts (2016); Notes on the Races, Castes and Trades of Eastern Bengal (2016); Sannyasi and Fakir Rebellion in Bengal: Jamini Mohan Ghosh Revisited (2014); F.D. Ascoli: Early Revenue History of of Bengal and the Fifth Report, 1812 (2019) and Frederick Eden Pargiter: A Revenue History of the Sundarbans from 1765 to 1870 (2019).
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