From Plassey to Pakistan: The Family History of Iskander Mirza, the First President of Pakistan

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University Press of America, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 435 pages
"In this historical survey, Humayun Mirza traces the fortunes of his ancestors, the powerful rulers of Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa, whom Robert Clive defeated at the Battle of Plassey in 1757. Turning next to the colonial experience of India under British rule, Mirza describes the long struggle for independence that ultimately led to the partition of India and the birth of Pakistan. With its subsequent focus on the career of the author's father, Iskander Mirza, From Plassey to Pakistan offers the reader a comprehensive picture of a politically volatile region that remains at the very center of our global consciousness. Also included in this revised edition is a new chapter that discusses Pakistan's role as a front-line state in the War Against Terrorism, following September 11, 2001."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The Family Hist of Iskander Mirza The First President Of Pakistan
1. Intro. Basic data and info about the book under review is as under:-
a. Title - From Plassey to Pakistan
b. Author - Humayun Mirza
c. Publisher - University book of America
d. Yr of Publish - 1999
e. Total Pages - 418
f. No of Chapters - 8
g. Printed at - Lib of British Cataloging Publication, USA
2. About the Author
a. Nationality: British India, then Pakistani, then American
b. Profession: Senior Executive Vice President in the World Bank, now retired.
c. Status: Alive
d. Known for: Son of Iskander Ali Mirza.
e. he earned his MBA at Harvard University
f. He's the author of a biography of his father, "From Plassey to Pakistan: The Family History of Iskander Mirza".
3. Brief about the Contents of the Book. The details covered in diff chapters of the book are covered briefly in the fol paras:-
a. Chapter 1 – Bengal and its Nawab. The Bengal Subah was a sub division of the Mughal Empire encompassing modern Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa between the 16th and 18th centuries. The state was established following the dissolution of the Bengal Sultanate, when the region was absorbed into one of the largest empires in the world. The Mughals played an important role in developing modern Bengali culture and society. Bengal Subah was the Mughal Empire's wealthiest province.[1] Bengal Subah generated 50% of the empire's GDP and 12% of the world's GDP, globally dominant in industries such as textile manufacturing and shipbuilding, with the capital Dhaka having a population exceeding a million people. It was an exporter of silk and cotton textiles, steel, saltpeter, and agricultural and industrial produce. By the 18th century, Mughal Bengal emerged as a quasi-independent state, under the Nawabs of Bengal, before being conquered by the British East India Company at the Battle of Plassey in 1757, which directly contributed to the Industrial Revolution in Britain (such as textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution), but led to deindustrialization and famine in Bengal. The author has discussed about fol:-
(1) Early European Settlement. Colonial India is the part of the Indian subcontinent which was under the jurisdiction of European colonial powers, through trade and conquest. Having arrived in Calicut, which by then was one of the major trading ports of the eastern world, he obtained permission to trade in the city from Saamoothiri Rajaha. In the later 18th century Great Britain and France struggled for dominance, partly through proxy Indian rulers but also by direct military intervention. The defeat of the Indian ruler Tipu Sultan in 1799 marginalized the French influence. This was followed by a rapid expansion of British power through the greater part of the Indian subcontinent in the early 19th century. By the middle of the century the British had already gained direct or indirect control over almost all of India. British India, consisting of the directly-ruled British presidencies and provinces, contained the most populous and valuable parts of the British Empire and thus became known as "the jewel in the British crown".
(2) Murshid Quli Khan. Murshid Quli Khan, also known as Mohammad Hadi (1660 – 30 June 1727), was the first Nawab of Bengal, serving from 1717 to 1727.Born a Hindu Brahmin in the Deccan Plateau in c. 1670, Quli Khan was bought by Mughal noble Haji Shafi. After Shafi's death, he worked under the Divan of Vidarbha, during which time he piqued the attention of the then-emperor Aurangzeb, who sent him to Bengal as the divan c. 1700. However, he entered into a bloody conflict with the province's subahdar, Azim-us-Shan. After Aurangzeb's death in 1707, he was transferred to the Deccan Plateau by Azim-us-Shan's father the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah I. However, he was brought back as deputy subahdar in 1710. In 1717, he was appointed as the Nawab Nazim of Murshidabad by Farrukhsiyar. During


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Humayun Mirza, born in India, educated in England and at the Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA, retired from the World Bank in 1988 after 30 years of executive service.

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