Midnapur is probably one of the few Indian districts where the nationalist movement created and sustained social alliances among the contending classes in the context of an anti imperial struggle. With the help of exciting new material particularly about the disturbances in 1942, the author shows how these political concerns were linked to the politics of Bengal more generally and their relationship with mainstream nationalism. The rise and growth of nationalism in Midnapur district of the present West Bengal between 1919 and 1944 are discused at length in the book under review. . . . The present study is mainly focused on the involvement of the masses of Midnapur in particular in the freedom movement.
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