Aniruddha Ray retired as Professor of History from the Department of Islamic History and Culture, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal. Well known for his profound interest in historical research, Aniruddha Ray has written extensively on Mughal administration, technology and travelogues; the society and culture of Medieval Bengal; the economic history of the Sultanate and Mughal periods; overseas trade and merchants; and the French East India Company on the basis of a fine blend of Bengali, English and French sources.
The theme of the present volume grows out of the contemporary effort within academia to question the traditional representation of Indian history and the attempts, in various areas of study, to de-centre the writing of history, as well as to provide an alternative perspective to the history of fifteenth to nineteenth-century India. In this eclectic collection of essays one can see an innovative approach at work, which raises interesting questions when one situates these
ideas and the historical evidence within the big picture, as one moves back and forth between the macro-perspective and the micro-history addressed in most of these essays.
With eminent historians of the subcontinent contributing to it, The Varied Facets of History: Essays in Honour of Aniruddha Ray throws new light on numerous aspects of Indian history: its sources and their interpretations; the evolution of cultural aspects like languages especially Hindi and Bengali; archaeology; painting; technology; trade and commerce and labour.