This collection, which reflects the author's various interests, includes work on imperial policy with special reference to India and essays on the army, federalism, tariff policy and the use of the radio. Other pieces deal with major issues in labour history, cultural history, nationalism and identity formation.
Partha Sarathi Gupta was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta and gained his PhD from Oxford. He was, until his death in 1999, Professor of History at Delhi University. Sabayasachi Bhattacharya is currently Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University and is formerly vice-chancellor of Shantiniketan.