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Pakistan : a new history

Author: Ian Talbot
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised and updatedView all editions and formats
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"If Pakistan is to preserve all that is good about its country--the generosity and hospitality of its people, the dynamism of its youth--it must face the deterioration of its social and political institutions. Sidestepping easy headlines to identify Pakistan's true dangers, this volume revisits the major turning points and trends of Pakistani history over the past six decades, focusing on the increasing entrenchment  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Talbot
ISBN: 9780199391080 0199391084
OCLC Number: 921496196
Notes: Previous edition published: New York : Columbia University Press, 2012.
Description: xv, 304 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Pakistan: land, people, society --
Understanding the failure of Pakistan's first experiment with democracy 1947-58 --
Ayub's Pakistan: the end of the beginning --
Bhutto's Pakistan: a missed opportunity --
Zia and the quest for Pakistan's stability --
Pakistan's democratic interlude 1988-99 --
The Janus state: Pakistan under Musharraf --
Surviving the storm: Zardari's Pakistan --
Abbottabad to the Azadi march --
Epilogue: Future long-term challenges, prospects and possibilities.
Responsibility: Ian Talbot.

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"If Pakistan is to preserve all that is good about its country--the generosity and hospitality of its people, the dynamism of its youth--it must face the deterioration of its social and political institutions. Sidestepping easy headlines to identify Pakistan's true dangers, this volume revisits the major turning points and trends of Pakistani history over the past six decades, focusing on the increasing entrenchment of Pakistan's army in its political and economic arenas; the complex role of Islam in public life; the tensions between central and local identities and democratic impulses ; and the effect of geopolitical influences on domestic policy and development. While Ian Talbot's study centres on Pakistan's many failures--the collapse of stable governance, the drop in positive political and economic development, and, most of all, the unrealised goal of securing a separate Muslim state--his book unequivocally affirms the country's potential for a positive reawakening. These failures were not preordained, Talbot argues, and such a fatalistic reading does not respect the complexity of historical events, individual actors, and the state's own rich resources. While he acknowledges grave crises still lie ahead for Pakistan, Talbot's sensitive historical approach makes it clear that favourable opportunities still remain for Pakistan, in which the state has a chance to reclaim its priorities and institutions and reestablish political and economic sustainability."--Publisher information.

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