Pakistan: A Modern History

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St. Martin's Press, 1998 - History - 432 pages
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This book fills the need for a broad, historically sophisticated understanding of Pakistan, a country at fifty which is understood by many in the West only in terms of stereotypes--the fanatical, authoritarian and reactionary "other" which is unfavorably compared to a tolerant, democratic and progressive India. There is a need at the time of Pakistan's golden jubilee for it to be taken seriously in its own right as a country of 130 million people. It is in reality a complex plural society which although greatly shaped by the colonial inheritance and circumstances of its birth is also experiencing rapid change. The author's approach breaks down stereotypes and assists in answering the vexed question of why democracy has succeeded in India, while Pakistan has been subject to long periods of authoritarianism during its five decades of existence.

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A fundamental question in writing the history of a new nation carved out of a larger area is where, in time, to begin. British historian Talbot (Coventry Univ.) concentrates on the push for Pakistan ... Read full review

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Holy Cow that's long!

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India and Pakistan
Ian Talbot
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About the author (1998)

Ian Talbot is Professor of History at the University of Southampton. His recent publications include The Deadly Embrace: Religion, Politics and Violence in India and Pakistan 1947 2002 (ed., 2007) and Divided Cities: Partition and its Aftermath in Lahore and Amritsar 1947 1957 (2006).

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