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Book Title: The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan|
The author of the book: Yasmin Khan
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 340 KB
Edition: Yale University Press
Date of issue: September 18th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780300120783
Read full description of the books The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan: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.
Read information about the authorYasmin Khan is Associate Professor of History; Fellow of Kellogg College at Oxford University. She studied history as an undergraduate at St. Peter's, College Oxford and quickly developed a passion for the history of Asia. Her DPhil, also from Oxford, was in the History of the British Empire. She has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Royal Holloway, University of London. Her first book,The Great Partition: the making of India and Pakistan, won the Gladstone Prize for History from the Royal Historical Society.
She's written for the New Statesman and Guardian and appeared on BBC radio and television, most recently on 'In Our Time' discussing the British radical, Annie Besant. Other publications include: 'Gandhi's World' in J.M. Brown, ed.,The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Yasmin is an editor of History Workshop Journal and a trustee of the Charles Wallace India Trust. Her next book is about India during the Second World war and will be published by The Bodley Head in 2013.
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