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Charaiveti: An academic's journey-7

College Street was athrob with energetic leftist movements, the most important of which were the protracted agitations in the demand for adequate food at affordable prices for the poor

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Pranab Bardhan 



Pranab Bardhan

In spite of my abiding interest in literature when I came to college, I was vaguely inclined to major in History. In the long break between school and college, I chanced upon two books of Marxist history which opened me to a new vista of looking at history. The first was Maurice Dobb’s Studies in the Development of Capitalism. This book showed me that there is a discernible pattern in the jumble of facts in history, which attracted me. Soon after, I read a lesser Marxist history book, A L Morton’s People’s History of England, which showed me how recasting the old widely-known history of England from the people’s perspective gives you new insights. These books whetted my appetite to read more of Marxist history.

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First Published: Thu, November 04 2021. 22:56 IST

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