Pakistan: A New History

Paperback | February 15, 2015

byIan Talbot

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If Pakistan is to preserve all that is good about its country - the generosity and hospitality of its people, the dynamism of its youth - it must face the deterioration of its social and political institutions. Sidestepping easy headlines to identify Pakistan's true dangers, this volumerevisits the major turning points and trends of Pakistani history over the past six decades, focusing on the increasing entrenchment of Pakistan's army in its political and economic arenas; the complex role of Islam in public life; the tensions between central and local identities and democraticimpulses; and the effect of geopolitical influences on domestic policy and development.While Ian Talbot's study centres on Pakistan's many failures - the collapse of stable governance, the drop in positive political and economic development, and, most of all, the unrealised goal of securing a separate Muslim state - his book unequivocally affirms the country's potential for a positivereawakening. These failures were not preordained, Talbot argues, and such a fatalistic reading does not respect the complexity of historical events, individual actors, and the state's own rich resources. While he acknowledges grave crises still lie ahead for Pakistan, Talbot's sensitive historicalapproach makes it clear that favourable opportunities still remain for Pakistan, in which the state has a chance to reclaim its priorities and institutions and reestablish political and economic sustainability.

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If Pakistan is to preserve all that is good about its country - the generosity and hospitality of its people, the dynamism of its youth - it must face the deterioration of its social and political institutions. Sidestepping easy headlines to identify Pakistan's true dangers, this volumerevisits the major turning points and trends of Pa...

Ian Talbot is Professor of History at Southampton University, one of Europe's leading historians of South Asia, and the author of many books on the sub-continent.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:February 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199391084

ISBN - 13:9780199391080

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"This book by Ian Talbot is a timely addition to understand the predicaments in which Pakistan is presently embroiled. Talbot has written extensively on South Asia in particular the history of Pakistan and this book shows his expertise on the subject. [It is] a welcome addition to understandthe state of Pakistan and its society from a historical perspective." --Muhammad S. Pervez, Lahore School of Economics