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The Bengal Delta

Ecology, State and Social Change, 1840–1943


Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

About this book


With a focus on colonial Bengal, this book demonstrates how the dynamics of agrarian prosperity or decline, communal conflicts, poverty and famine can only be properly understood from an ecological perspective as well as discussions of state's coercion and popular resistance, market forces and dependency, or contested cultures and consciousness.


bibliography conflicts ecology environment history resistance revolution society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of DhakaBangladesh

About the authors

IFTEKHAR IQBAL is Assistant Professor in History at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has degrees in history from Dhaka and Cambridge Universities. His research focuses on the environmental history of modern South Asia, especially in Bengal, and its relationship to both local and global political, economic and social forces.

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'The book's...special contribution is to emphasize the enviornment...that too is obviously a subject worth investigating.' - Reviews in History