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Pakistan  - A Modern History
Pakistan - A Modern History

Pakistan - A Modern History

by Ian Talbot

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0195664434 - Year: 2003 - Pages: 432

Binding

Paperback

Ian Talbot

Author: Ian Talbot
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 432
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195664434

Description

In this comprehensive study, Ian Talbot charts the problems that have beset Pakistan since its chaotic birth in 1947. This trenchant volume will interest scholars and students of Pakistani history, sociology and politics, as well as general readers interested in contemporary South Asia.

Although Pakistan is a nuclear power, to some observers it remains a failed state, mired in violence, corruption and economic crisis. However, despite its chequered history of martial law and civil strife, it has always confounds its obituary-writers.

Beginning with conditions in British India in the late 1930s, he surveys how the legacy of colonialism and conflicting regional and cultural interests, compounded by the refugee situation and the collapse of Indo-Pakistan relations after Partition, created entrenched difficulties for Jinnah's new state.

Successive Pakistani regimes and the second Partition of 1971 (the creation of Bangladesh) are discussed in the context of these and other institutional and social fault-lines, which have undermined democracy and consolidated the hegemony of unelected institutions like the military.

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Glossary

Introduction

PART I: THE HISTORICAL INHERITANCE

PART II: THE DESTRUCTION OF PAKISTAN'S DEMOCRACY AND UNITY

PART III: FROM BHUTTO TO ZIA

PART IV: EVER-DECREASING CIRCLES: PAKISTAN POLITICS SINCE 1988

Appendixes

Pakistan Heads of State and Government

Biographical Notes

Pakistan political Parties and Organisations

Select Bibliography

Index

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