History of Bangladesh

ISBN-10: 0521679745

ISBN-13: 9780521679749

Edition: 2009

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Bangladesh is a new name for an old land whose history is little known to the wider world. A country chiefly famous in the West for media images of poverty, underdevelopment, and natural disasters, Bangladesh did not exist as an independent state until 1971. Willem van Schendel's history reveals the country's vibrant, colourful past and its diverse culture as it navigates the extraordinary twists and turns that have created modern Bangladesh. The story begins with the early geological history of the delta which has decisively shaped Bangladesh society. The narrative then moves chronologically through the era of colonial rule, the partition of Bengal, the war with Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh as an independent state. In so doing, it reveals the forces that have made Bangladesh what it is today. This is an eloquent introduction to a fascinating country and its resilient and inventive people.
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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/12/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Willem van Schendel is Professor of Modern Asian History at the University of Amsterdam and Head of the Asia Department of the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. His previous publications include Global Blue: Indigo and Espionage in Colonial Bengal (with Pierre-Paul Darrac, 2006) and The Bengal Borderland: Beyond State and Nation in South Asia (2005).

List of plates
List of maps and figures
The Long View
A land of water and silt
Jungle, fields, cities and states
A region of multiple frontiers
The delta as a crossroads
Colonial Encounters
From the Mughal empire to the British empire
The British impact
A closing agrarian frontier
Colonial conflicts
Towards Partition
Becoming East Pakistan
The Pakistan experiment
Pakistan falls apart
East Pakistani livelihoods
The roots of aid dependence
A new elite and cultural renewal
War And The Birth Of Bangladesh
Armed conflict
A state is born
Imagining a new society
Independent Bangladesh
Creating a political system
Transnational linkages
Bursting at the seams
A national culture?
Bangladesh district maps
Key political figures since 1947
Glossary of Bengali terms
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