The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan

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Yale University Press, 2007 - 251 Seiten
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The Partition of India in 1947 promised its people both political and religious freedom—through the liberation of India from British rule, and the creation of the Muslim state of Pakistan. Instead, the geographical divide brought displacement and death, and it benefited the few at the expense of the very many. Thousands of women were raped, at least one million people were killed, and ten to fifteen million were forced to leave their homes as refugees. One of the first events of decolonization in the twentieth century, Partition was also one of the most bloody.

 

In this book Yasmin Khan examines the context, execution, and aftermath of Partition, weaving together local politics and ordinary lives with the larger political forces at play. She exposes the widespread obliviousness to what Partition would entail in practice and how it would affect the populace. Drawing together fresh information from an array of sources, Khan underscores the catastrophic human cost and shows why the repercussions of Partition resound even now, some sixty years later. The book is an intelligent and timely analysis of Partition, the haste and recklessness with which it was completed, and the damaging legacy left in its wake.

 

  

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Review: The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan

Nutzerbericht  - Pushpam Singh - Goodreads

The Great Partition is a non-fiction narrative of the series of events which led to the formation of two nations out of one : India and Pakistan. The author gives us insight into the probable causes ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Review: The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan

Nutzerbericht  - Brad - Goodreads

Pretty powerful stuff. Most who live in Western society are unaware of the atrocities that came as a result of Indian Partition. It's a story that should never be forgotten, and Khan is second to none when it comes to Indian/Pakistani history. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

The Plan
1
In the Shadow of War
11
Changing Regime
23
The Unravelling Raj
40
The Collapse of Trust
63
5 From Breakdown to Breakdown
81
Untangling Two Nations
104
7 Blood on the Tracks
128
Leprous Daybreak
143
Bitter Legacies
167
Divided Families
186
Epilogue
205
Notes
211
Select Bibliography
233
Index
243
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Über den Autor (2007)

Yasmin Khan is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London. She lives in Surrey, UK.

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