A Brief History of Pakistan

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Infobase Publishing, 2009 - History - 324 pages
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In the course of a few years, Pakistan has assumed strategic importance on the world stage, acting as both a linchpin in the global war on terrorism and a "swing" state in the ideological conflict between democracy and dictatorship, and between Islamic and secular rule. How did this poor country come to occupy such a position in little more than half a century of existence? What are the historical precedents for its present course? And what can we learn from its past that can help us evaluate the prospects for its future?

A Brief History of Pakistan presents a concise yet thorough account of this land whose past as a birthplace of civilization is as important to world history as is its pivotal place in contemporary geopolitics. Coverage includes the dramatic events, notable people, and special customs and traditions that have shaped this country. By illuminating the nation's past, this book gives students a detailed perspective of Pakistan today and enables them to intelligently consider how it might change in the future.

Coverage includes:
  • The land and its people
  • The Indus Valley Civilization
  • The Mughal period
  • British rule and the struggle for independence
  • Partition
  • Civilian and military rule
  • Islamization of Pakistan
  • Pakistan under Pervez Musharraf
  • Relations with the United States, India, and Afghanistan
  • Pakistan's nuclear weapons program
  • Secular/Islamic tensions.
 

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Contents

The Land and Its Early History
1
Inroads of Armies and Ideas
22
The Coming of Islam
41
The Mughal Period
67
Trading Company Wars
94
The Raj Era
114
The Road to Independence
138
The Challenges of Independence
160
Military Rule
183
Between East and West
202
Civilian Rule Restored
225
A Return to the World Stage
253
Appendixes
282
Index
312
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James Wynbrandt, a writer and journalist, is the author of A Brief History of Saudi Arabia for Facts On File and Flying High, a biography of JetBlue founder David Neeleman. Wynbrandt began studying Arabic in Damascus before continuing study on that region's language and history at New York University's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. As a journalist, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Management Review, Forbes, Smithsonian Air & Space, and many other national publications. He lives in New York City.

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