There are books. Then there are “Books.” The work under review, being the crowning achievement of as well as the only monograph in Neeladri Bhattacharya's celebrated career, belongs to the second category. The book is devoted partially to Jawaharlal Nehru University “as it was,” where Bhattacharya taught for forty-one years before retiring in 2017. As many of his students would affirm, The Great Agrarian Conquest has been a work in progress for at least two decades, its anticipation reaching a fever pitch in the years leading up to its original publication for the South Asian market by Permanent Black in 2018. The historical trajectory of The Great Agrarian Conquest not only implies a radically different academic epoch and context from ours—scholars today are expected to regularly produce thinner volumes—but also shifts the reviewing exercise. The question here is not whether the book is “good” and “worth reading,” but rather where...

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