A Concise History of Pakistan

Paperback | February 12, 2011

byMuhammad Reza Kazimi

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This is a comprehensive one-volume history of Pakistan, a country that lies at the centre of the world's strategic concerns. The book covers contemporary crises in the perspective of the subcontinent's ancient and medieval history to explain how Muslim nationalism emerged and how the communityinteracted with the other communities in the region. Covering the centuries from Mehergarh to Musharraf, the author breaches the confines of political history to depict the intellectual, economic, diplomatic, and cultural history of Pakistan. Topics that have become the subject of controversy such as the 1971 Poland Resolution and the 1972 SimlaAgreement are highlighted in boxes. The book is thematically addressed, but it provides underpinning by interspersing personality profiles of the individuals who shaped the course of events. This gallery includes Amir Khusro as the embodiment of a distinctive Indo-Muslim culture; Mahatma Gandhi andPandit Nehru, whose lofty ideals nevertheless resulted in Partition; M.A. Jinnah, who is credited with almost single-handedly creating the state of Pakistan; and the volatile but tragic figure of Z.A. Bhutto.In covering economic history, the author has also treated unorthodox subjects such as therise and fall of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International and the Kalabagh Dam controversy. In diplomatic history he presents little known material on the 1971 War and in intellectual history he examines the circumstances that caused piety to develop into terror. Replete with strikinginterpretations based on neglected but authentic sources, this book breaks fresh ground.

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This is a comprehensive one-volume history of Pakistan, a country that lies at the centre of the world's strategic concerns. The book covers contemporary crises in the perspective of the subcontinent's ancient and medieval history to explain how Muslim nationalism emerged and how the communityinteracted with the other communities in th...

Dr Muhammad Reza Kazimi was born in Mumbai in 1945. A distinguished academic, he has taught Pakistan Studies for more than thirty years in different colleges, at the University of Karachi, the Aga Khan University, and the M.A. Jinnah University in Karachi. He is the author of Liaquat Ali Khan: His Life and Work (OUP 2003) and has edit...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:February 12, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199065128

ISBN - 13:9780199065127

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