The present volume, reprint edition of a report published in 1908 under the title ‘The Administration of Bengal under Sir Andrew Fraser’, provides a graphic account of government and politics in the erstwhile Bengal province during the early years of the present century. Subjects such as Administration changes. Political movements, Industrial Unrest, Economic conditions, Famine, Finance, General Administration, Fuedator States, Agrarian measures, Policies, Jails, Education and Local Self-Government etc. have been dealt with in this volume. The quinquennium during which Sir Andrew Fraser was Lieutenant Governor of Bengal was a period of political agitation. The political agitation played a big role in the industrial unrest which was a marked feature of the quinquennium. However Sir Fraser was able to improve the machinery of general administration and carry out several important agrarian and social measures. Sir Fraser took keen personal interest in the development of Bengal especially the city of Calcutta. The five years of his regime is one of the most important periods of the history of Bengal. The present volume is of great value to research scholars interested in any aspect of the early 20th century Bengal Province. Political Scientists as well as Administrators will also be benefitted from this book.
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