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sities at Nalanda, Vikramasila and Odantapur, of the tols of Nadia, of the New School of Logic, with the history of Tantriks and Tantrikism, with the lives of prominent Buddhist, Jaina and Vaishnava leaders, the growth, development and excellence of Dacca muslins and Shell and other industries, and various . . other features of the cultural ... and economic life of the people: . . It is interesting to note that the author in the course of his researches and to secure materials for his history, has not only goue to the orthodox sources. such as, historical and semi-historical works, inscriptions, coins, copper plates. karikas etc. but has laid under contribution. 'Palli-gathas, some of which he himself was instrumental in bringing to light some years ago. This is a new departure and has yielded a rich and fruitful harvestthough we must say, in some places the author has given them more importance than is their due, from the view-point of history. l, The result is a detailed and and complete account of Bengal and Bengalees from remote times, set forth in an interesing and eminently readable manner. To illustrate what we ean, let us put the table of contents of one of the 17 chapters taken at random. Let us take Chapter V. The followiug is a list ot its contents:- Bengalees-the true heirs of Magadhan culture-Greek influence on Hindus and vice-versa-The Mauryas after Asoka ausces of the downfal of the Mauryas, curtailment of Brahmanical authority, forbidding of aminal sacrifices, uniformity of punishment weakness of Asoka's decendants-Decline of Kshatriyas-The Agnikuls The Sunga Dynasty-its history-The Kanva and Andhra dynastles-The Raghus-The Dynasty of the Pauravas-Siva vs, Buddha-Similarity in ideals between Bud. dhism ahd Saivaism-The new gift of the Saivas. Three great