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Britain and the World

Policing ‘Bengali Terrorism’ in India and the World

Imperial Intelligence and Revolutionary Nationalism, 1905-1939

Authors: Silvestri, Michael

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  • Advances research on the imperial origins of British intelligence in the interwar period
  • Shows how intelligence practices were diffused throughout the British Empire, highlighting the imperial contribution of British intelligence before the Second World War
  • Explores how the British Empire came to define anti-colonial resistance as ‘terrorism’, offering new insights into the historical roots of terrorist movements and uses of intelligence
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This book examines the development of imperial intelligence and policing directed against revolutionaries in the Indian province of Bengal from the first decade of the twentieth century through the beginning of the Second World War. Colonial anxieties about the 'Bengali terrorist' led to the growth of an extensive intelligence apparatus within Bengal. This intelligence expertise was in turn applied globally both to the policing of Bengali revolutionaries outside India and to other anticolonial movements which threatened the empire. The analytic framework of this study thus encompasses local events in one province of British India and the global experiences of both revolutionaries and intelligence agents. The focus is not only on the British intelligence officers who orchestrated the campaign against the revolutionaries, but also on their interactions with the Indian officers and informants who played a vital role in colonial intelligence work, as well as the perspectives of revolutionaries and their allies, ranging from elite anticolonial activists to subaltern maritime workers. 

About the authors

Michael Silvestri is Associate Professor of History at Clemson University, USA. He is the author of Ireland and India: Nationalism, Empire and Memory (2009), and co-author of Britain since 1688: A Nation in the World (2014). 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Imperial Intelligence and a Forgotten Insurgency

    Pages 1-21

    Silvestri, Michael

  • The “Bomb Cult” and “Criminal Tribes”: Revolutionaries and the Origins of Police Intelligence in Colonial Bengal

    Pages 25-73

    Silvestri, Michael

  • Surveillance, Analysis, and Violence: The Operations of the Bengal Police Intelligence Branch

    Pages 75-125

    Silvestri, Michael

  • Intelligence Failures, Militarization, and Rehabilitation: The Anti-Terrorist Campaign After the Chittagong Armoury Raid

    Pages 127-183

    Silvestri, Michael

  • Transnational Revolutionaries and Imperial Surveillance: Bengal Revolutionary Networks Outside India

    Pages 187-231

    Silvestri, Michael

Buy this book

eBook £55.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18042-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £69.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18041-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Policing ‘Bengali Terrorism’ in India and the World
Book Subtitle
Imperial Intelligence and Revolutionary Nationalism, 1905-1939
Authors
Series Title
Britain and the World
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18042-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18042-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18041-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 362
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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