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|Number of Pages||395 Pages|
This book is an in-depth study of the eighteenth century Bengal, especially the pre-Plassey period. It tries to dispel some of the myths which persist even now. The author contends that it is the very prosperity of Bengal, and not its decline or weakness, which made it a lucrative prize in the eyes of the Europeans in the mid-eighteenth century. Based mainly on the manuscript records preserved in various European and Indian archives he demonstrates this with a thorough analysis of Bengal`s trade and industries as also the activities of the merchant-banking class in the eighteenth century.