Dr Anwesha Roy

Research Interests
  • Social and Political Histories of South Asia, with particular focus on India
  • Communalism and identity formations
  • Histories of violence
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  • Making Peace, Making Riots: Communalism and Communal Violence, Bengal 1940-47 (Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2018)

Journal Articles:

  • ‘Anatomy of a Riot: The Great Calcutta Killing, August 1946’, Bengal Past and Present (Journal of the Calcutta Historical Society), Volume 128, 2011
  • ‘The Second World War and the Prospect of Quit India in Bengal: Perceptions, Rumours and Revolutionary Parties’, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, published online on 9th February 2021 (print April 2021, Issue 44/2).

Book Chapters:

  • ‘Calcutta and its Struggle for Peace: Anti-Communal Resistance, 1946-47’ in Tanika Sarkar and Sekhar Bandyopadhyay (eds.) Calcutta, The Stormy Decades (Social Science Press, New Delhi, 2015)
  • ‘A Test of Faith? The Mahatma and his Tryst With Bengal, 1946-47’, in David Hardiman (ed.) Non Violence in Modern Indian History (Orient Black Swan, New Delhi, 2017)

Blog Posts:

‘It’s time to stop looking for the Mahatma’, LSE International History Blog, March 2021

Stop Looking for the Mahatma | LSE International History


BBC History Extra Podcast, July 2022 https://shows.acast.com/historyextra/episodes/the-partition-of-india-everything-you-wanted-to-know 


Faculty and Asian Studies profile: https://orinst.web.ox.ac.uk/people/anwesha-roy