Sugata Bose is the Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University. Bose has served as Director of Graduate Studies in History at Harvard and as the Founding Director of Harvard’s South Asia Institute. Bose was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and the University of Cambridge where he obtained his Ph.D. His scholarship has contributed to a deeper understanding of colonial and post-colonial political economy, the relation between rural and urban domains, inter-regional arenas of travel, trade and imagination across the Indian Ocean, and Indian ethical discourses, political philosophy and economic thought.
Bose’s many books include A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006), Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy (with Ayesha Jalal, 3rd edition, London and New York: Routledge, 2011) and His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire (Cambridge, MA: the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press and New Delhi: Allen Lane, Penguin, 2011).
His Majesty's Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India's Struggle against Empire
This epic of a life larger than its legend is both intimate, based on family archives, and global in significance. His Majesty's Opponent establishes Sugata Bose among the giants of Indian and world history. In Biblio, historian Sabyasachi Bhattacharya has praised Bose for achieving "critical distance" from his subject. Historian and editor Rudrangshu Mukherjee has called His Majesty’s Opponent a "definitive biography", adding that "in terms of sheer craftsmanship and mastery over material, this is an achievement that will evoke the admiration and envy of any historian-biographer."