11. Book Review

Ishtiaq Ahmed, The Punjab Bloodied Partitioned and Cleansed: Unravelling the 1947 Tragedy through Secret British Reports and First Person Accounts, New Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2011. Reviewed by Himadri Banerjee, Former Guru Nanak Professor of Indian History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.     Pradip Chattopadhyay, Redefining Tribal Identity: The Changing Identity of the Santhals in South-West Bengal, New Delhi: Primus Books, 2014. Reviewed by Debasree De, Assistant Professor in History, Maharaja Sris Chandra College, Kolkata.     Mahendra Kumar Talware, Indian Historiography, Delhi: Mangalam Publications, 2015. Reviewed by Poulami Sarkar, Independent Research Scholar and former Student, Department of History, Jadavpur University.  

10. From Societas Civilis to Social Capital: Evolution of the idea of Civil Society in the Western Intellectual Traditions

From Societas Civilis to Social Capital: Evolution of the idea of Civil Society in the Western Intellectual Traditions   Parikshit Thakur Assistant Professor in Political Science, Dwijendralal College, Krishnagar, Nadia, West Bengal Since the 1990s, civil society has emerged as one of the most important „trans-disciplinary‟ terms to understand and uphold the tendency of spontaneous popular protest, and bringing in a collective change in mass consciousness. But the meaning of civil society is riddled with contradictions‟ and that is the reason why it remains open to diverse interpretations over time.  

09. Traditional Medicine and the Government: Policy-making in post-colonial India (1947- 1963)

Traditional Medicine and the Government: Policy-making in post-colonial India (1947-1963) Sutapa Saha (Mitra) Assistant Professor in History, Nabadwip Vidyasagar College, Nabadwip, Nadia, West Bengal   This article reviews government policy making in India from 1947-1963 with the intent to look at the position of the traditional system of medicine in a twenty years‟ framework after independence. We shall look at the historical background of the thought process on traditional medicine before independence followed by an analysis of the post-independence policies and government recommendations.  

08. Cyclone, Vulnerability and Society: Disaster, Knowledge and Colonialism in Nineteenth Century Bengal (1864-74)

Cyclone, Vulnerability and Society: Disaster, Knowledge and Colonialism in Nineteenth Century Bengal (1864-74)   Tirthankar Ghosh Assistant Professor, Department of History, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol, West Bengal   A tropical country like India is acutely susceptible to the occurrence of storms. This article, focuses on the occurrences, spread and effects of the cyclones which originated between 1864 and 1874 in the Bay of Bengal and travelled to the northern parts of Bengal. During this period four successive cyclones had devastated a great part of Bengal where severe destruction of life and property took place. The second half of the nineteenth […]

07. The liquor business in Bengal: competition and control in the nineteenth century

The liquor business in Bengal: competition and control in the nineteenth century Raktim Sur Associate Professor in History, Heramba Chandra College, Kolkata   Since the early nineteenth century, liquor business developed to take advantage of an emerging market rooted in an expanded public drinking culture in colonial Bengal. The liquor market in the nineteenth century had certain fascinating features. It had developed as a multiproduct market due to the presence of different classes of consumers, having choice and resources for different types of alcohol. It is difficult to trace a linear growth pattern and monolith structure of this business. The […]

06. French East India Company Courtiers in Bengal: an overview

French East India Company Courtiers in Bengal: an overview   Sandip Munshi Former MPhil Scholar, Department of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata   During the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries, the Asian market was primarily a sellers‟ market. According to K.N. Chaudhuri: „the commercial methods of European trading companies followed a complicated pattern. The complexity grew from the diversity of trade goods as well as different structural features of the economy and society in different Asian countries with which Europeans traded.‟  

05. The Women Dancers of Siṃhāchalam Temple: An Epigraphic Perspective ( 13 – 15 centuries)

The Women Dancers of Siṃhāchalam Temple: An Epigraphic Perspective ( 13 – 15 centuries)   Sabarni Pramanik Nayak Assistant Professor, Maharaja Nanda Kumar College   Early medieval Indian temples had a wide range of temple service groups- both male and female. The temple authority did not exercise equal right on all of them, collectively or individually. While there were a large number of men who supplied the services and goods required in the temple from outside, women were generally involved in the daily activities involving utility and rituals and were not the suppliers of any commodity except when they donated […]

04. Editorial Note

We sincerely regret the delayed appearance of the current issue of Journal of History. The issue is devoted to articles on regional and post-Independence histories of India from medieval to later modern times and conceptual history. Sabarni Pramanik Nayak traces the interactions between gender and performance by looking at the temple dancers of medieval South India on the basis of epigraphic sources. Sandip Munshi offers an understanding of the Indian mercantile collaborators of French East India Company in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Raktim Sur discusses the lucrative liquor business and colonial regulations in Bengal during the nineteenth century. Tirthankar […]

02. Acknowledgement

Journal of History                                                      ISSN 0976-5476 Vol 31 (2016-17) Published on behalf of the Department of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700032, India.   Editor Suchetana Chattopadhyay   Editorial Board Nupur Dasgupta Mahua Sarkar Rupkumar Barman Kaushik Roy Samarpita Mitra Cover Design Tilottama Mukherjee   Cover Photo Suchetana Chattopadhyay   Photo Location Lenin Sarani/Dharmatala Street and Beadon Street, Kolkata This is a peer-reviewed journal where referees remain anonymous and the identity of the author is disclosed to the referee only if the submitted article is recommended for publication. The editor is the sole intermediary between the referee and the author. We follow the […]