Pakistan: A Very Short Introduction

Oxford University Press, 25 nov 2021 - 152 pagina's
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What is Pakistan? The name refers to a seventy-year-old post-colonial product of the bloodiest partition of territory and population that accompanied the end of British empire in South Asia. But the region of the Indus Valley has a four-thousand-year-old history, and was the site of one of the earliest and greatest riverine civilisations in the world. Although the modern nation of Pakistan as we know it was created as a homeland for the Muslims of British India, it is impossible to understand the complex tapestry of linguistic, ethnic, and cultural identities and tensions of the region without tracing its deep past. This Very Short Introduction looks at Pakistan as one of the two nation-states of the Indian sub-continent that emerged in 1947. Pippa Virdee reaches into the ancient past to demonstrate the influence of trajectories of human settlement and civilisation on Pakistan's contemporary political arena, and shows how the longer continuities between the land and its peoples are as important as the short-term changes in the political landscape. She considers Pakistan's religion and society, the state and the military, everyday life, popular culture, languages and literature, as well as Pakistan's relationship with the rest of the world. Virdee also looks to the challenges of the 21st century and the future of Pakistan. Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Chapter 1 Progress of a dream
Chapter 2 The ancient in the modern
Chapter 3 Towards the idea of Pakistan
Chapter 4 Consolidation and fragmentation
Chapter 5 Building the land of the pure
Chapter 6 Visualizing the land of the pure
Chapter 7 The world outside
Chapter 8 Looking backwards going forward?
Timeline and key moments
References and further reading
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Dr. Pippa Virdee is a reader in Modern South Asian History at De Montfort University. Virdee is the author of From the Ashes of 1947: Reimagining Punjab (CUP, 2017), and Coming to Coventry, Stories from the South Asian Pioneers (Herbert Gallery, 2006), and is co-editor of Refugees and the End of Empire: Imperial Collapse and Forced Migration in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), with P. Panayi.

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