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SFU History Professor Pens First Book

December 4, 2017 Tags: Arts and Humanities , Research , Study Abroad

Aniruddha bose“This is my first book, but not my last,” exclaims Assistant Professor of History, Dr. Aniruddha Bose. His new book Class Conflict and Modernization in India: The Raj and the Calcutta Waterfront (1860-1910), examines the shift from sailing ships to steamers, and the issues between management and labor during this time.  “I found that most people thought that management pushed modernization and updated equipment, but in fact it was the labor force that demanded a more efficient way to accomplish their tasks,” recalls Dr. Bose.

Class conflict In IndiaThe book, now available on and Barnes and Noble, draws on primary source material including government documents and newspaper records. Dr. Bose demonstrates how the implementation of modern techniques in India worsened class conflict, and he highlights the important part played by labor in the shaping of the port’s modernization. The books publisher, Routledge, suggests Class Conflict and Modernization in India places this history in a comparative context. Dr. Bose highlights the interconnected nature of port and port labor histories. The book examines how the port’s modernization affected the port workforce and the port’s managers, as well as the impact on class formation that emerged as laborers resisted through acts of everyday resistance and organized strikes. Dr. Bose plans to write additional books examining Indian labor practices and is planning a trip to India in 2018.