Pakistan: A New History
Pakistan: A New History
Author : Ian Talbot

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Publisher : Manjul

ISBN 13 : 9789381506226

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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 Pakistans 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 Pakistans 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 Talbots study centres on Pakistans 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 countrys 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 states own rich resources. While he acknowledges grave crises still lie ahead for Pakistan, Talbots 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. 
 

  • This book explores, among major turning points and trends of Pakistani history over the past six decades, the civil-military relationship and focuses on the increasing entrenchment of Pakistan's army in its political and economic arenas.
  • Analyses how the Pakistani military is prepared to cede day-to-day matters of governance to elected politicians, while it retains a veto over strategic issues and institutional interests.
  • Argues how in reality the Pakistani military has been more effective as a state usurper than a state savior, and how it has increasingly expanded its tentacles into civilian institutions and business activity.
  • It explains 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.
  • Analyses why Pakistan must face the deterioration of its social and political institutions, if it is to preserve all that is good about its country, like the generosity and hospitality of its people, the dynamism of its youth, etc.
 

About the Author:

Ian Talbot is Professor of History at Southampton University, one of Europes leading historians of South Asia, and the author of many books on the subcontinent.

Binding : Paperback
ISBN 10 : 9381506221
ISBN 13 : 9789381506226
Date of Publishing : 2012
Language : English
Number of Pages: 321