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This front matter section of the book titled Notions of Nationhood in Bengal contains the table of contents, and acknowledgments. The book explores the origins and development of notions of nationhood in Bengal by focusing on interactions between pre-existing indigenous social unities and late colonial discourses. The theme forms part of a wider endeavour to understand the nature, foundations and futures of colonial nationalisms. The story of nationhood in Bengal traces how the notion of a nation was produced through a complex interaction between reorientations of past (socio-cultural) unities, and influences emanating from the late colonial situation, thereby shifting the focus from assumptions of the nation as an artefact of modernity.

Keywords: colonial Bengal; nationalism



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