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The Bengalis : The People, Their History, and Culture (6 Vols-Set)

Edited by S.N. Das, Cosmo, 2002, 1836 p, 6 volumes, ISBN : 8177553925, $280.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

The Bengalis : The People, Their History, and Culture/edited by S.N. Das

Contents: Vol. 1. An Introduction to Bengali Political History: 1. Bengal and the Bhadralok. 2. Bhadralok and British. 3. The Swaraj party. 4. Subhas Bose and nationalist politics, 1925-1938. 5. Bengal revolutionaries. 6. The Gandhian age and the rise of Chittaranjan Das. 7. Growth of the revolutionary movement in Bengal. 8. The CPI and its Role in the thirties. 9. The role of the CPI: from outbreak of war to transfer of power.

Vol. 2. Bengali Renaissance: 1. Introduction to the history of Bengal. 2. Modern history of Bengal: an introduction. 3. Political history: 1757-72. 4. Political history: 1772-1793. 5. Administrative, economic and social history: 1757-1793. 6. Political Islam. 7. Bengali Renaissance. 8. Bengali Renaissance, western impact and Rammohun Roy. 9. Historiographical quest.

Vol. 3. Religion and Bengali Culture, I: 1. The cults of Bengal. 2. The fundamental philosophy and theology of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. 3. Advaita Acarya. 4. Bengal Vaisnavism. 5. The theology and philosophy of Bengal Vaisnavism. 6. Causation in Bengal Vaisnava. 7. Vedic religion in Bengal.

Vol. 4. Religion and Bengali Culture, II: 8. Puranic mythology and religion. 9. Caitanya Movement. 10. Bhakti. 11. Religious ideas. 12. Religious reformist movements of Islam in Bengal. 13. Religious fairs and festivals. 14. Religious influence on literature and arts. 15. Vaishnava lyrics of Bengal.

Vol. 5. Bengali Intellectualism: 1. Bengali intellectual tradition: an introduction. 2. Aksaya Kumar Datta. 3. Iswarchandra Vidyasagar. 4. Sri Aurobindo. 5. Benoy Kumar Sarkar. 6. Dhurjati Prasad Mukerji. 7. Dhirendranath Sen. 8. Iswarchandra Gupta. 9. Social and political ideas of Akshay Kumar Datta. 10. Harish Chandra Mukherjee (1824-1861). 11. Rabindranath Tagore I. 12. Rabindranath Tagore II. 13. Swami Vivekananda and his mission.

Vol. 6. Bengali Language and Literature: 1. Bengali language. 2. Influence of religion on Bengali literature. 3. Impact of feudalism on Bengali literature. 4. Prose fiction and Bankim Chandra Chatterji. 5. The romantics in Bengali literature. 6. Rabindranath Tagore and Bengali literature. 7. Beginning of the twentieth century. 8. The modern poetry and Madhusudan Datta. 9. The modern novel and Bankimcandra. 10. Rabindra-Yug (or the epoch of Rabindranath) of Bengali literature. 11. Post-Tagore period of Bengali literature. 12. Bengali literature before independence. 13. Bengali literature after independence. 14. Contemporary Bengali poetry: a few translation. 15. Bengali folk lore. 16. Important literary figures of Bengal.

"The Bengali are considered to be the original inhabitants of the Bengal region of southwest Asia. This territory is divided politically between Bangladesh and West Bengal, a state in India. Bengali is the native language spoken by most of the groups in this region. While the vast majority of Bengalis live in Bangladesh and northeast India, there are significant communities in a number of other countries and other parts of India as well.

Although the Bengalis are primarily classified according to language, their culture remains very diversified. It is made up of various castes, such as the Brahman, Kayastha, Vaidya, Namasudra, Gandha Banik, Saadgop, Napit, Mahisya, Kanaani, and Subarnabanik. Their assortment of occupations and religious preferences has created other cultural distinctions as well.

In general, the Bengalis are a proud people, highly ambitious, and always striving for excellence. Although outside influences are being incorporated into their culture, the Bengalis remain very proud of their cultural heritage.

These volumes provide an extended introduction to the Bengalis by discussing all important facets that make them so vibrant a society. The volumes arranged thematically provide a glimpse into their history, culture, politics, language and literature, the world famous intellectual traditions of the Bengalis, the social progress; including the Bengali renaissance, the individuals who are significant to the understanding of the Bengali culture and its fascinating traditions." (jacket)

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