Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War

Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War

by Sarmila Bose

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Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War by Sarmila Bose

This ground-breaking book chronicles the 1971 war in South Asia by reconstituting the memories of those on opposing sides of the conflict.

1971 was marked by a bitter civil war within Pakistan and war between India and Pakistan, backed respectively by the Soviet Union and the United States. It was fought over the territory of East Pakistan, which seceded to become Bangladesh. Through a detailed investigation of events on the ground, Sarmila Bose contextualises and humanises the war while analysing what the events reveal about the nature of the conflict itself.

The story of 1971 has so far been dominated by the narrative of the victorious side. All parties to the war are still largely imprisoned by wartime partisan mythologies. Bose reconstructs events via interviews conducted in Bangladesh and Pakistan, published and unpublished reminiscences in Bengali and English of participants on all sides, official documents, foreign media reports and other sources.

Her book challenges assumptions about the nature of the conflict, and exposes the ways in which the 1971 war is still playing out in the region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849040495
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 916,355
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sarmila Bose is Senior Research Fellow in the Politics of South Asia at the University of Oxford. She was a political journalist in India and combines academic and media work. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Memories in Conflict
1. Call to Arms: Bengali Nationalist Rebellion
2. Military Inaction: Power without Responsibility
3. Military Action: 'Operation Searchlight' in Dhaka
4. Uncivil War: Mobs, Mutinies and Madness
5. Village of Widows: 'Securing' the Countryside
6. Hounding of Hindus: The Politics of Minority Persecution
7. Hit and Run: Sabotage and Retribution
8. Fratricide: Death Squads at War's End
9. Words and Numbers: Memories and Monstrous Fables
Appendix 1: Bibliographical Note
Appendix 2: List of interviewees

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