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Apr 25Liked by √Čtienne Fortier-Dubois

I think the important question to ask, when it comes to whether the Bengali would have industrialize, is do they possess the intellectual capital needed. A big part why Britain industrialize is thanks to Newtonian physics and the empirical schools of thought which influence British intellectual thought. The Scots where also very innovative themselves thanks to the reformation, so as a result, British were a very experimental in their thinking. It helps the fact that King George III was a major patron of the science, one of his more underrated and important achievements. So Britain (especially Edinburgh) is one of major centers of innovation and engineering.

I'm not sure if the Bengali has this, so its very likely would have not industrialize or at the very least struggle to do so. However, if the Bengali can at least invite some European thinkers or build strong relationship with a European power, they can possibly perform a Meiji Restoration of their own.

However, from what I've learned about Muslim powers throughout the history, they tend stagnant as the ruling class refuse to accept new ideas before getting replace by another group. Usually outsiders.

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It's a good question. Interestingly, Bengal has long had a reputation as having an important intellectual life, but that may be a post-colonization thing; I'm not sure. Rabindranath Tagore is probably the most famous Bengali intellectual.

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by √Čtienne Fortier-Dubois

Great article and good read =) I wonder if you knew that it was India that emancipated Bangladesh from Pakistan despite the UK, the US and various Islamic nations backing Pakistan with firepower and funding. The US actually sent its aircraft carriers to support Pakistan's genocide in Bangladesh.

Looking forward to more great reads from you. Cheers from India, Australia and the US.

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deletedMar 16, 2023Liked by √Čtienne Fortier-Dubois
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Wow thank you!

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