War and Secession: Pakistan, India, and the Creation of Bangladesh

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University of California Press, 1991 - History - 338 pages
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A decade after the 1971 wars in South Asia, the principal decisionmakers were still uncertain why wars so clearly unwanted had occurred. The authors reconstruct the complex decisionmaking process attending the break-up of Pakistan and the subsequent war between India and Pakistan. Much of their data derive from interviews conducted with principal players in each of the countries immediately involved-Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh-including Indira Gandhi and leaders of the Awami League in Bangladesh.
  

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Contents

Prologue and Overview
1
Image and Legacy
8
Image and Legacy
35
A Culture of Distrust
54
Crisis Bargaining
91
Constitutional Consensus and Civil War
111
The Indian Response
134
Pakistan 25 MarchOctober 1971
154
India
206
Pakistan
221
Soviet Chinese and American Policies in the 1971 Crisis
237
Interpretations
266
Notes
281
Participants Interviewed
319
Index
333
Copyright

India and the Prelude to War JuneOctober 1971
177

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About the author (1991)

Sisson is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rose is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

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