A Region in Turmoil: South Asian Conflicts Since 1947

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Reaktion Books, Sep 15, 2005 - History - 268 pages
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South Asia has been the setting for some of the century's most violent invasions, the Western world's bloodiest defeats, and a volatile geopolitical brew of religions, ethnicities, and nationalism that sends unsettling ripples through the global balance of power even today. Rob Johnson writes here the engrossing history of the individual conflicts that have engulfed the states of South Asia during the last half century.

A Region in Turmoil offers a new perspective on the area, drawing together the conflicts of South Asia and examining them in local and global contexts, from the end of the Western colonial empires through today's global efforts to combat terrorism. Johnson's incisive analysis breaks down the historical and political roots of the conflicts and departs from traditional Western-centric paradigms to reveal heretofore overlooked South Asian viewpoints on the conflicts and connections among the wars. He probes the causes, contexts, and conclusions of the conflicts, ranging from the enduring insurgency in Myanmar to the struggle of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, the unrest in the Punjab and Assam states, the Bangladeshi war of independence, and the intractable struggles in Kashmir and Afghanistan.

The twenty-first century opened with South Asia front and center on a turbulent political stage: the region is not only the designated frontline for the "war on terror" but also home to the newest nuclear powers, India and Pakistan. A Region in Turmoil addresses this critical contemporary crisis with an invaluable analysis of the region and its complex history, making it essential reading for historians, policymakers, and anyone who reads the front page of the daily newspaper.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Conflicts in India
20
Conflicts in Pakistan Bangladesh Sri Lanka
42
Global Influences on South Asian Conflicts
69
The Kashmir Dispute 19472004
91
The IndiaChina Conflict of 1962
117
The IndiaPakistan Wars of 1965 and 1971
141
The Soviet Occupation
163
The Civil War 19892001
182
Insurgency Terror and PeaceMaking
202
Points of Conflict
232
References
245
Selected Further Reading
257
141
263
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Rob Johnson is a lecturer in history at Warwick University and is the author of several books, including British Imperialism.

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