What happens when a distant colonial power tries to tame an unfamiliar terrain in the world’s largest tidal delta? This history of dramatic ecological changes in the Bengal Delta from 1760 to 1920 involves land, water, and humans, tracing the stories and struggles that link them together. Taped on June 18, 2020, author Debjani Bhattacharyya, Drexel University was in conversation with Kasia Paprocki, London School of Economics.

The event was hosted and moderated by Claire Potter, co-executive editor at Public Seminar & professor of history at The New School for Social Research.

Save the date: our next Public Seminar book talk is on Wednesday, July 22, featuring Ted Widmer, author of Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington (Simon & Schuster, 2020).

You can purchase the book here.