The Independence of India and Pakistan: New Approaches and Reflections

Hardcover | November 13, 2013

EditorIan Talbot

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This book brings together essays on the 1947 division of the Indian subcontinent, providing fresh insights into the role of leading British personalities, the interconnection of politics and violence, and the social impact of the resulting upheaval. These research articles examine three distinct themes relating to the independence of India and Pakistan. First, they focus on the vexed issue of the violence which accompanied the partition of the subcontinent. The contributions assess the range of motives and circumstances which culminated in themass killings, drawing on fresh sources, such as Police First Information Reports. There are studies of local level incidences of violence and and the debates surrounding the role of the Sikh community in the massacres in the East Punjab. Secondly, the collection sheds light on the politics of the transfer of power. It brings fresh insights to the roles of Wavell and Mountbatten and traces the long term impact of the Kashmir issue. There is also a pioneering study of the role of the last Governor of the Punjab. Finally, the volumeaddresses concerns of the 'New History' of Partition, which has its emphasis on subaltern groups and the lived experience of resettlement. The work examines the ways in which Christians living in the West Punjab were affected by partition and how migrants to Delhi attempted to maintain theiridentity through dietary preferences.

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This book brings together essays on the 1947 division of the Indian subcontinent, providing fresh insights into the role of leading British personalities, the interconnection of politics and violence, and the social impact of the resulting upheaval. These research articles examine three distinct themes relating to the independence of I...

Ian Talbot is Professor of History at the University of Southampton.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:November 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199064784

ISBN - 13:9780199064786

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart 1: Violence2. Paul R. Brass: The Partition of India and Retributive Genocide in the Punjab 1946-47: Means, Methods and Purposes3. Ilyas Chattha: The Patterns of Partition Violence in West Punjab: A Study of Police Records4. Ian Talbot: The August 1947 Violence in Sheikhupura City5. Gurharpal Singh: Sikhs and Partition Violence: A Re-evaluationPart 2: Politics6. Victoria Schofield: Wavell and the 'High Politics' of his Replacement as Viceroy in March 19477. Ian Talbot: The Pre-History of a Viceroyalty? Lord Mountbatten and South East Asia Command8. Sten Widmalm: The Kashmir Conflict and Nationalism in India and Pakistan9. Nick Lloyd: The Last Governor: Sir Evan Jenkins in the Punjab 1946-47Part 3: New History10. Paul Griffin: Finding a Place in the Partition Discourse: The Christians of West Punjab11. Ritu Bhagat: Partition Ethnographies: Food and memories Across BordersContributorsIndex