The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan

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Yale University Press, 2017 - HISTORY - 251 pages
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A reappraisal of the tumultuous Partition and how it ignited long-standing animosities between India and Pakistan

This new edition of Yasmin Khan's reappraisal of the tumultuous India-Pakistan Partition features an introduction reflecting on the latest research and on ways in which commemoration of the Partition has changed, and considers the Partition in light of the current refugee crisis.

Reviews of the first edition:

"A riveting book on this terrible story."--Economist

"Unsparing. . . . Provocative and painful."--Times (London)

"Many histories of Partition focus solely on the elite policy makers. Yasmin Khan's empathetic account gives a great insight into the hopes, dreams, and fears of the millions affected by it."--Owen Bennett Jones, BBC
 

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A well written book on the whole. This book takes a relatively unusual tack, in that it does not focus very much on the 'great leaders' of those times, but focusses a bit more on what happened on the ... Read full review

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Painful Beginnings There are so many ways in which this story can be told, the truth, is often not one of them. Because the truth is too painful and too hard to imagine, because the truth doesn't give ... Read full review

Contents

The Plan
1
1 In the Shadow of War
11
2 Changing Regime
23
3 The Unravelling Raj
40
4 The Collapse of Trust
63
5 From Breakdown to Breakdown
81
6 Untangling Two Nations
104
7 Blood on the Tracks
128
8 Leprous Daybreak
143
9 Bitter Legacies
167
10 Divided Families
186
Epilogue
205
Notes
211
Select Bibliography
233
Index
243
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About the author (2017)

Yasmin Khan is associate professor of history and Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and author of The Raj at War: A People's History of India's Second World War.

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