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The great Partition : the making of India and Pakistan

by Khan, Yasmin, 1977-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DS480.842.K49 2007
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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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The writings of some historians concerning the partition of the British Raj and the accompanying displacement and intercommunal slaughter have created an aura of inevitability. But Khan finds nothing inevitable in either the unnecessary (in her view) partition or the deaths of perhaps a million people. The tragedy was the result of numerous and often foolhardy decisions by the British rulers, Hindu and Muslim officials, and even ordinary people who were easily manipulated by cynical leaders. The British imprisoned Congress leaders, allowing the Muslim League free reign to propagandize during World War II. As independence approached, panicky British politicians created a slapdash plan for separation, hoping to wash their hands of a burden their nation could no longer afford. Muslim politicians stoked the fears of their followers, while Congress politicians, insistent on a united India, seemed tone deaf to the legitimate concerns of non-Hindus. Finally, Indian administrators, Hindu and Muslim, ignored or even abetted the formation of private militias that were responsible for much of the violence. This is a superbly written reexamination of an immense and deeply resonant upheaval.--Freeman, Jay Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Nationalism -- India -- History.
Nationalism -- Pakistan -- History.
India -- History -- Partition, 1947.
Publisher New Haven :Yale University Press,2007
Language English
Description xxi, 251 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [233]-242) and index.
ISBN 9780300120783 (alk. paper)
0300120788 (alk. paper)
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