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Pakistan A Hard Country

ISBN-10: 1610390210
ISBN-13: 9781610390217
Edition: 2011
Authors: Anatol Lieven
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Description: In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 4/12/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis and the fears of their enemies. Yet the greatest short-term threat to Pakistan is not Islamist insurgency as such, but the actions of the United States, and the greatest long-term threat is ecological change. Anatol Lieven's book is a magisterial investigation of this highly complex and often poorly understood country: its regions, ethnicities, competing religious traditions, varied social landscapes, deep political tensions, and historical patterns of violence; but also its surprising underlying stability, rooted in kinship, patronage, and the power of entrenched local elites. Engagingly written, combining history and profound analysis with reportage from Lieven's extensive travels as a journalist and academic, Pakistan: A Hard Countryis both utterly compelling and deeply revealing.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Acronyms
Land, People and History
Introduction: Understanding Pakistan
The Struggle for Muslim South Asia
Structures
Justice
Religion
The Military
Politics
The Provinces
Punjab
Sindh
Balochistan
The Pathans
The Taleban
The Pakistani Taleban
Defeating the Taleban?
Conclusions
Notes
Books Consulted
Glossary
Chronology of Muslim South Asia
Pakistani Statistics
Index

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