Book Launch: Subho Basu's 'Intimation of Revolution'

Thursday, February 29, 2024 17:30to19:00
Arts Building Arts W-120, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G5, CA

Join Prof. Subho Basu (History and Classical Studies) for the launch of his book, Intimation of Revolution: Global Sixties and the Making of Bangladesh (Cambridge UP). Prof. Basu will be joined in conversation by a panel of scholars including English's own Prof. Sandeep Banerjee.

About the book:

Intimation of Revolution studies the rise of Bengali nationalism in East Pakistan in the 1950s and 60s by showcasing the interactions between global politics and local social and economic developments. It argues that the revolution of 1969 and the national liberation struggle of 1971 were informed by the 'global sixties' that transformed the political landscape of Pakistan and facilitated the birth of Bangladesh. Departing from the typical understanding of the Bangladesh as a product of Indo-Pakistani diplomatic and military rivalry, it narrates how Bengali nationalists resisted the processes of internal colonization by the Pakistani military bureaucratic regime to fashion their own nation. It details how this process of resistance and nation-formation drew on contemporaneous decolonization movements in Asia, Africa, and Latin America while also being shaped by the Cold War rivalries between the USA, USSR, and China.

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