Cold War in the High Himalayas: The USA,China and South Asia in the 1950s

Cold War in the High Himalayas: The USA,China and South Asia in the 1950s

by S. Mahmud Ali
     
 

The 50th anniversary of India's independence on August 15, 1997, has focused attention on various aspects of the country's experience of independence, and a similar but less pronounced bout of soul-searching has afflicted Pakistan as well. This book examines elite-insecurity perceptions in India, Pakistan and the USA in the 1950s, the consequent linkages in… See more details below

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The 50th anniversary of India's independence on August 15, 1997, has focused attention on various aspects of the country's experience of independence, and a similar but less pronounced bout of soul-searching has afflicted Pakistan as well. This book examines elite-insecurity perceptions in India, Pakistan and the USA in the 1950s, the consequent linkages in alliance-building efforts, subsequent triangular covert collaboration against Communist China, the unexpected fallout of this collaboration on the Kashmir dispute dividing India and Pakistan, and the subsequent divergence of Indo-Pakistani security policies along fundamental cleavages since the 1960s.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Ali offers a through account of a little-studies but important theater of the Cold War.
Journal of Asian Studies
This is a well-written study of the Cold War as played out across the high Himalayan plateau between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s.
Booknews
Ali, editor of the BCC World Service's Bengali Service, examines perceptions of insecurity among the elite in India, Pakistan, and the US during the decade. He describes efforts to build alliances, a triangular covert collaboration against China especially along Tibet's Himalayan frontiers, the unexpected impact of those efforts on the dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and the divergence of Indo-Pakistani security policies along fundamental cleavages since the 1960s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312226930
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.16(d)

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