Bangladesh Reader History, Culture, Politics

ISBN-10: 0822353180

ISBN-13: 9780822353188

Edition: 2013

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Bangladesh is the world's eighth most populous country. It has more inhabitants than either Russia or Japan, and its national language, Bengali, ranks sixth in the world in terms of native speakers. Founded in 1971, Bangladesh is a relatively young nation, but the Bengal Delta region has been a major part of international life for more than 2,000 years, whether as an important location for trade or through its influence on Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim life. Yet the country rarely figures in global affairs or media, except in stories about floods, poverty, or political turmoil.The Bangladesh Readerdoes what those portrayals do not: It illuminates the rich historical, cultural, and political permutations that have created contemporary Bangladesh, and it conveys a sense of the aspirations and daily lives of Bangladeshis.Intended for travelers, students, and scholars, theReaderencompasses first-person accounts, short stories, historical documents, speeches, treaties, essays, poems, songs, photographs, cartoons, paintings, posters, advertisements, maps, and a recipe. Classic selections familiar to many Bangladeshis—and essential reading for those who want to know the country—are juxtaposed with less-known pieces. The selections are translated from a dozen languages; many have not been available in English until now. Featuring nearly 100 images, including sixteen in color,The Bangladesh Readeris an unprecedented, comprehensive introduction to the South Asian country's turbulent past and vibrant present.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Voices from Bangladesh
Becoming a Village Photographer
Wait for a While, Death!
Telephone Ladies and Social Business
I Work in a Clothing Factory
Bengali New Year
The Fundamentalist
This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is Our Land
How They Discriminate Me
Early Histories
The Earliest Inscription, Anonymous
A View from the Sea, Anonymous
Jackfruits and a Jade Buddha
Songs of Realization
A King's Gift of Land, Anonymous
A Visit to Sylhet
The Rise of Islam
Poor and Rich in Mughal Bengal
Washed Ashore
Origin of the Sak in Bangladesh
Mahua and Naderchand Fall in Love
The Path That Leads to You
Colonial Encounters
A Tax Rebellion in Rangpur
Making Sense of Hill People
Rhinos among the Ruins
A Woman Teaches Herself to Read
What Is Lalon's Faith?
Blue Devil
Fundamentalist Reform and the Rural Response
Wage Holy War-or Leave!
Brahmos: Rebels against Tradition
Worshipping with Cannabis
Hill or Plough Cultivation?
The Postmaster
Sultana's Dream
The Other Bank of the River
"The Muhammadan Community," A. K. Fazlul Huq
An Elder Brother's Duty
Women's Hunger for Education
The Field of the Embroidered Quilt
Terror for the Nation, Anonymous
The Cultural Mix of Old Dhaka
Messages of Equality and Love
The Great Famine Strikes the Land
Pakistan as a Peasant Utopia
Partition and Pakistan
Creating an International Border
Joy, Hope and Fear at Independence
Where Is the Border?, Indian and Pakistani Officials
Teenage Migrant
Establishing the Communist Party of Pakistan
Broken Bengal
The Pakistan Experiment and the Language Issue
A Vernacular Elite
East and West Pakistan: Economic Divergence
Modern Lifestyles, Anonymous
Architectural Masterpiece in Dhaka
Lake Kaptai
What Do I Pay My Cook?
The Garo Exodus of 1964
Elusive Villages
Effects of the India-Pakistan War of 1965
Six Points towards a Federation
This Time the Struggle Is for Our Independence!
War and Independence
The Declaration of Independence (25-26 March 1971)
A Radio Message from Kalurghat (27 March 1971)
Mujibnagar: Proclaiming a New Country (17 April 1971), The Elected Representatives of the People of Bangladesh
Operation Searchlight
I Was Just a Kid Then
A Telegram and a Phone Call
From Counter-Insurgency to Defeat
A Father's Letter to His Daughter
Powdered Pepper
A Raja's Protection
A Razakar Oath and Diploma, Anonymous
To the People of West Pakistan
A Missionary Family in the War
The Diary's Final Pages
The Jagannath College Concentration Camp
Stranded Pakistanis ("Biharis")
Party over State
Dilemmas of Nationhood
What Makes Us a Nation?
Perceptions of Cultural Identity
Creating a Symbol of the Nation
Suppressing Student Protests in Dhaka
The Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord (1997)
Gender, Ethnicity, and the Nation
The Two Meanings of "Bangladeshi,"
Secularism as Religious Tolerance
The Tablighi Jama'at
Islamist Women Activists Discuss Jihad
The Nation and the Military
Amending the Constitution
The Bengali Sense of Victimhood
Contemporary Culture
The Raw, Frank, Funny Eid Parade
A Visionary of Rural Beauty
A Dancer's Mission
The Adventure of Editing a Magazine
The Short-Film Movement
Ilish in Mustard Sauce
Rickshaw Art
Three National Festivals
Wangala, Christmas, Pre-Christmas
Songs for an Endangered Homeland
Oh, Sad One, Do Not Lament!
The Development Gaze
From Poverty to Progress?
Being a Development "Expert," Brigitte Erler
NGOS-Modern Landlords with a Global Vision
Rich-Peasant Resistance to Development Organizations
The Birth of a Megacity
The Wealthiest People of Dhaka City
A Girl's Life: Work and School
Messages of Development
Migrants in Barisal
A Day at the Hospital
The Children of Katni
You Have 30 Minutes to Evacuate
How They Are Developing Us
Poverty, Gender, and Shrimps
The Happiest City in the World, Harry
Wherever the Forest Department Is, There Is No Forest
Bangladesh beyond Borders
Dispersing Partition Refugees in India
The Nellie Massacre
Operation Pushback
Snake Charmers in Limbo
The Green Passport
Fast-Footed Sylhetis
Sending Money Home
Bangladeshi Activists in London
A Lungi with a Zip!
The Concert for Bangladesh
Displaying Statehood
UN Peacekeepers from Bangladesh
Garment Workers' Rights, Clean Clothes Campaign
International Mother Language Day, UNESCO
Grameen in Russia, Staff correspondent, The Daily Star
Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgment of Copyrights and Sources
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