Pakistan by Ian Talbot
A Modern History

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This book fills the need for a broad, historically sophisticated understanding of Pakistan, a country at fifty which is understood by many in the West only in terms of stereotypes--the fanatical, authoritarian and reactionary "other" which is unfavorably compared to a tolerant, democratic and progressive India. There is a need at the time of Pakistan's golden jubilee for it to be taken seriously in its own right as a country of 130 million people. It is in reality a complex plural society which although greatly shaped by the colonial inheritance and circumstances of its birth is also experiencing rapid change. The author's approach breaks down stereotypes and assists in answering the vexed question of why democracy has succeeded in India, while Pakistan has been subject to long periods of authoritarianism during its five decades of existence.
 

About Ian Talbot

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Ian Talbot is Professor of History at the University of Southampton. His recent publications include The Deadly Embrace: Religion, Politics and Violence in India and Pakistan 1947 2002 (ed., 2007) and Divided Cities: Partition and its Aftermath in Lahore and Amritsar 1947 1957 (2006).
 
Published July 2, 1999 by C. Hurst & Co. 426 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Coventry University historian Talbot piles fact upon grim fact to show how Pakistan, born in suffering, has yet to heal the wounds of its past. The woes of this strategically located country seem over

Oct 04 1999 | Read Full Review of Pakistan: A Modern History

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Coventry University historian Talbot piles fact upon grim fact to show how Pakistan, born in suffering, has yet to heal the wounds of its past. The woes of this strategically located country seem over

Oct 04 1999 | Read Full Review of Pakistan: A Modern History

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If Pakistan has to return to democracy conclusively, the army-civilian relationship must be redefined and that can happen only after India and Pakistan have sorted out the Kashmir problem and their ‘larger conflict’.

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