By Sugata Bose
In addition to being a very good contribution to Indian financial and social historical past, this booklet attracts very important conclusions approximately peasant politics as a rule and concerning the results of overseas monetary fluctuations on basic generating nations. Dr Bose develops a normal typology of structures of agrarian construction in Bengal to teach how those spoke back to sorts of strain from the realm financial system, and treats intimately the results of the realm melancholy on Bengal. Separate chapters are dedicated to the topics of agrarian clash and spiritual strife in east Bengal, the agrarian measurement of mass nationalism in west Bengal and sharecroppers agitations within the frontier areas. the realization makes an attempt a synthesis of the typology of agrarian social constitution and the periodisation of peasant politics, putting this within the wider context of agrarian societies and protest in different components of India and in South-east Asia.
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Extra resources for Agrarian Bengal: Economy, Social Structure and Politics, 1919-1947
O'Malley, Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, Sikkim (Provincial Geographies of India, Cambridge, 1917), pp. 3-16. Radhakamal Mukherji, The Changing Face of Bengal (Culcutta, 1938), pp. 110-13. The following discussion of the ecological zones of Bengal draws extensively from these two works, especially O'Malley, Chapter 1 and Mukherji, chapters 3-6. The demographic background 39 Rangpur and Pabna acquired much of the character of the deltaic tracts lower down in east Bengal. The bulk of east Bengal was the land of the relatively 'new alluvium', though the movements of the rivers inevitably left some small decaying pockets of the 'old'.
5, Bengal, Pt 2. It was only in small pockets of old alluvium left by the shifting rivers in Faridpur, Dacca and Mymensingh, that malaria and agricultural decline made their appearance. In the coastal districts of Noakhali and Bakarganj, extensive fruit orchards and gardens of betelnuts helped sustain high densities. 18 In 1931, when the mean density of population of the province was 646 to the square mile, in the populous districts of east and north Bengal, the mean densities were: Dacca 1265, Tippera 1197, Noakhali 1124, Faridpur 1003, Bakarganj 834, Mymensingh 823, Pabna 795, Bogra 785 and Rangpur 742.
The Census reports of 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1921 bear this out. For the east Bengal region taken as a whole, immigration was not an important factor in demographic growth, but there was some internal movement from unhealthy to more salubrious areas and from over-populated to newly cleared jungle tracts. 18 Radhakamal Mukherji, Changing Face of Bengal, pp. 66-72. P. Chatterji, Bengal in Maps (Calcutta, 1949) 20 40 60 80 100 120 Kilometres 50 Subsistence and the market I in Dacca division and 26% in Rajshahi division.