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A concise history of Pakistan

Author: Muḥammad Raz̤ā Kāẓmī
Publisher: Karachi : Oxford University Press, 2012.
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This is a comprehensive one-volume history of Pakistan, a country that lies at the centre of the world's strategic concerns. The book covers contemporary crises in the perspective of the subcontinent's ancient and medieval history to explain how Muslim nationalism emerged and how the community interacted with the other communities in the region. Covering the centuries from Mehergarh to Musharraf, the author breaches  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Muḥammad Raz̤ā Kāẓmī
ISBN: 9780199065127 0199065128
OCLC Number: 793972649
Description: xiv, 391 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Ancient and Medieval history --
History of Muslim revival movements --
History of the political struggle --
History of the Pakistan Movement --
Political history of the state --
Constitutional history --
History of the institutions --
Diplomatic history --
Economic history --
Cultural history.
Responsibility: M.R. Kazimi.

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This is a comprehensive one-volume history of Pakistan, a country that lies at the centre of the world's strategic concerns. The book covers contemporary crises in the perspective of the subcontinent's ancient and medieval history to explain how Muslim nationalism emerged and how the community interacted with the other communities in the region. Covering the centuries from Mehergarh to Musharraf, the author breaches the confines of political history to depict the intellectual, economic, diplomatic, and cultural history of Pakistan. Topics that have become the subject of controversy such as the 1971 Poland Resolution and the 1972 Simla Agreement are highlighted in boxes. The book is thematically addressed, but it provides underpinning by interspersing personality profiles of the individuals who shaped the course of events. This gallery includes Amir Khusro as the embodiment of a distinctive Indo-Muslim culture; Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru, whose lofty ideals nevertheless resulted in Partition; M.A. Jinnah, who is credited with almost single-handedly creating the state of Pakistan; and the volatile but tragic figure of Z.A. Bhutto. In covering economic history, the author has also treated unorthodox subjects such as the rise and fall of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International and the Kalabagh Dam controversy. In diplomatic history he presents little known material on the 1971 War and in intellectual history he examines the circumstances that caused piety to develop into terror. Replete with striking interpretations based on neglected but authentic sources, this book breaks fresh ground.

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