The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan

The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan

by Yasmin Khan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300143338

ISBN-13: 9780300143331

Pub. Date: 11/05/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300143331
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/05/2008
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
331,050
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     viii
List of Maps     x
Acknowledgements     xi
List of Abbreviations     xiii
Glossary     xv
Timeline of Major Events, 1945-1950     xvii
Introduction: The Plan     1
In the Shadow of War     11
Changing Regime     23
The Unravelling Raj     40
The Collapse of Trust     63
From Breakdown to Breakdown     81
Untangling Two Nations     104
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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