The Great Partition

  • Filename: the-great-partition.
  • ISBN: 0300120788
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 251
  • Author: Yasmin Khan
  • Publisher: Yale University Press



Examines the context, execution and aftermath of partition, integrating the knowledge of political manoeuvres with an understanding of their fundamental social and cultural consequences. This account draws together a body of research to reappraise independence and division and reinforce its catastrophic human cost.

Midnight s Furies

  • Filename: midnight-s-furies.
  • ISBN: 9780547669212
  • Release Date: 2015-06-09
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Nisid Hajari
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



The author describes how a few bloody months in South Asia during the summer of 1947—the Partition of India, which led to the creation of Pakistan—largely explain the world that troubles us today. 25,000 first printing. Illustrations.

The Shadow of the Great Game

  • Filename: the-shadow-of-the-great-game.
  • ISBN: 1845293703
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Narendra Singh Sarila
  • Publisher:



Historians and political analysts have not paid enough attention to the crucial link between India's partition and British strategic interests: fears about the USSR gaining control of the oil wells of the Middle East; and the importance of continued access to the Indian Ocean. Once the British leaders realised the Indian nationalists would not join them to play the Great Game against the Soviet Union, they settled for those who would. In the process, they did not hesitate to use Islam as a political tool to suit their purposes. The use of Islam for political purposes has since been making itself felt worldwide. The top-secret documentary evidence unearthed by the author sheds new light on several prominent figures, including Gandhi, Jinnah, Mountbatten, Churchill, Attlee, Wavell and Nerhu. The book also brings out little-known facts about the pressure the USA exerted on Britain to give India independence and examines the roots of the Kashmir imbroglio. This radical reassessment of one of the key events in British colonial history is important in itself, but its claim that many of the roots of Islamic terrorism sweeping the world today lie in the partition of India has much wider implications.

The Great Divide

  • Filename: the-great-divide.
  • ISBN: 8121205913
  • Release Date: 1998-01-01
  • Number of pages: 296
  • Author: S.C. Bhatt
  • Publisher: Gyan Publishing House



It takes a fresh look at the perennial problem of the divide between the Hindus and Muslims and the partition of India it led to. Historical reasons have been analysed in the study in considerable depth and conclusions have been drawn. It debunks the efforts made by some apologists of Jinnah to shift the blame for partition on to others' shoulders and delineates the growh of separtism from the earliest times. The doctrine of two nations led to the creation and division of Pakistan and the inevitable division of the Muslims of the sub-continent into three nations. Historical forces which helped in the creation of a separate nation have been studied.

The Pity of Partition

  • Filename: the-pity-of-partition.
  • ISBN: 9781400846689
  • Release Date: 2013-02-21
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Ayesha Jalal
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955) was an established Urdu short story writer and a rising screenwriter in Bombay at the time of India's partition in 1947, and he is perhaps best known for the short stories he wrote following his migration to Lahore in newly formed Pakistan. Today Manto is an acknowledged master of twentieth-century Urdu literature, and his fiction serves as a lens through which the tragedy of partition is brought sharply into focus. In The Pity of Partition, Manto's life and work serve as a prism to capture the human dimension of sectarian conflict in the final decades and immediate aftermath of the British raj. Ayesha Jalal draws on Manto's stories, sketches, and essays, as well as a trove of his private letters, to present an intimate history of partition and its devastating toll. Probing the creative tension between literature and history, she charts a new way of reconnecting the histories of individuals, families, and communities in the throes of cataclysmic change. Jalal brings to life the people, locales, and events that inspired Manto's fiction, which is characterized by an eye for detail, a measure of wit and irreverence, and elements of suspense and surprise. In turn, she mines these writings for fresh insights into everyday cosmopolitanism in Bombay and Lahore, the experience and causes of partition, the postcolonial transition, and the advent of the Cold War in South Asia. The first in-depth look in English at this influential literary figure, The Pity of Partition demonstrates the revelatory power of art in times of great historical rupture.

Spheres of Influence

  • Filename: spheres-of-influence.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015029527853
  • Release Date: 1993-01-01
  • Number of pages: 302
  • Author: Lloyd C. Gardner
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee



The war within the war was the struggle among Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin for the shape of the world that would follow World War II. That delicate diplomacy is traced and analyzed in Lloyd Gardner's brilliant reinterpretation of the negotiations that partitioned Europe and laid the foundations of the cold war. Mr. Gardner begins his story not conventionally in 1941 but with the British attempt to appease Hitler at Munich in 1938. There, he argues, just as after the war at Yalta, the great powers were concerned to avoid a catastrophic war. There were the roots of the territorial agreements that culminated at Yalta - the "spheres of influence" which the Americans sought to avoid as an Old World curse on the possibilities of a freer and more liberal world economy. Using the most recently opened sources, including information from Soviet archives, Mr. Gardner captures the heady atmosphere of these momentous events in deft glimpses of the major personalities and a persuasive analysis of the course of diplomacy. He notes the consistency of Stalin's aims, the opportunism of Churchill for empire, the dilemma of Franklin Roosevelt. For historians, no one's motives have been more puzzling than FDR's. The president yearned to avoid the partition of Europe that his allies wanted, Mr. Gardner concludes, but ultimately he settled for it in the hope of keeping the Big Three together to make a more lasting peace. Playing for time, FDR ran out of it. The result was a divided Europe and the cold war - which the author suggests may have been preferable to an unstable Europe or World War III.

The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia

  • Filename: the-long-partition-and-the-making-of-modern-south-asia.
  • ISBN: 0231138466
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press



"Zamindar crosses political and conceptual boundaries to bring together oral histories of north Indian Muslim families divided between the two cities of Delhi and Karachi with extensive archival research in previously unexamined Urdu newspapers and government records of India and Pakistan. She juxtaposes the experiences of ordinary people against the bureaucratic interventions of both postcolonial states to manage and control refugees and administer their property. As a result, she reveals the surprising history of the making of the western Indo-Pak border, one of the most highly surveillanced in the world, which was instituted in response to this refugee crisis in order to construct national difference where it was the most blurred."--BOOK JACKET.

Remembering Partition

  • Filename: remembering-partition.
  • ISBN: 0521002508
  • Release Date: 2001-11-22
  • Number of pages: 218
  • Author: Gyanendra Pandey
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



A compelling and harrowing examination of the violence that marked the Partition of India.

The Other Side of Silence

  • Filename: the-other-side-of-silence.
  • ISBN: 0822324946
  • Release Date: 2000-01
  • Number of pages: 308
  • Author: Urvashi Butalia
  • Publisher: Duke University Press



A history of Partition--the separation of India and Pakistan in 1947--from a personal and feminist perspective.

The Longest August

  • Filename: the-longest-august.
  • ISBN: 9781568585031
  • Release Date: 2015-02-24
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Author: Dilip Hiro
  • Publisher: Nation Books



The partitioning of British India into independent Pakistan and India in August 1947 occurred in the midst of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. More than 750,000 people were butchered, and 12 million fled their homes—primarily in caravans of bullock-carts—to seek refuge across the new border: it was the largest exodus in history. Sixty-seven years later, it is as if that August never ended. Renowned historian and journalist Dilip Hiro provides a riveting account of the relationship between India and Pakistan, tracing the landmark events that led to the division of the sub-continent and the evolution of the contentious relationship between Hindus and Muslims. To this day, a reasonable resolution to their dispute has proved elusive, and the Line of Control in Kashmir remains the most heavily fortified frontier in the world, with 400,000 soldiers arrayed on either side. Since partition, there have been several acute crises between the neighbors, including the secession of East Pakistan to form an independent Bangladesh in 1971, and the acquisition of nuclear weapons by both sides resulting in a scarcely avoided confrontation in 1999 and again in 2002. Hiro amply demonstrates the geopolitical importance of the India-Pakistan conflict by chronicling their respective ties not only with America and the Soviet Union, but also with China, Israel, and Afghanistan. Hiro weaves these threads into a lucid narrative, enlivened with colorful biographies of leaders, vivid descriptions of wars, sensational assassinations, gross violations of human rights—and cultural signifiers like cricket matches. The Longest August is incomparable in its scope and presents the first definitive history of one of the world’s longest-running and most intractable conflicts.

Indian Summer

  • Filename: indian-summer.
  • ISBN: 9781471114762
  • Release Date: 2012-10-25
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Alex von Tunzelmann
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



The stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947 liberated 400 million Indians from the British Empire. One of the defining moments of world history had been brought about by a tiny number of people, including Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery prime minister-to-be; Gandhi, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation; and Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, the glamorous but unlikely couple who had been dispatched to get Britain out of India without delay. Within hours of the midnight chimes, however, the two new nations of India and Pakistan would descend into anarchy and terror. INDIAN SUMMERdepicts the epic sweep of events that ripped apart the greatest empire the world has ever seen, and reveals the secrets of the most powerful players on the world stage: the Cold War conspiracies, the private deals, and the intense and clandestine love affair between the wife of the last viceroy and the first prime minister of free India. With wit, insight and a sharp eye for detail, Alex von Tunzelmann relates how a handful of people changed the world for ever.

The Fall of the Ottomans

  • Filename: the-fall-of-the-ottomans.
  • ISBN: 9780141968704
  • Release Date: 2015-02-26
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Author: Eugene Rogan
  • Publisher: Penguin UK



The final destruction of the Ottoman Empire - one of the great epics of the First World War, from bestselling historian Eugene Rogan For some four centuries the Ottoman Empire had been one of the most powerful states in Europe as well as ruler of the Middle East. By 1914 it had been drastically weakened and circled by numerous predators waiting to finish it off. Following the Ottoman decision to join the First World War on the side of the Central Powers the British, French and Russians hatched a plan to finish the Ottomans off: an ambitious and unprecedented invasion of Gallipoli... Eugene Rogan's remarkable new book recreates one of the most important but poorly understood fronts of the First World War. Despite fighting back with great skill and ferocity against the Allied onslaught and humiliating the British both at Gallipoli and in Mesopotamia (Iraq), the Ottomans were ultimately defeated, clearing the way for the making, for better or worse, of a new Middle East which has endured to the present.

The Partition of India

  • Filename: the-partition-of-india.
  • ISBN: 0521856612
  • Release Date: 2009-07-23
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Ian Talbot
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



The British divided and quit India in 1947. The partition of India and the creation of Pakistan uprooted entire communities and left unspeakable violence in its trail. This volume tells the story of partition through the events that led up to it, the terrors that accompanied it, to migration and resettlement. In a new shift in the understanding of this seminal moment, the book also explores the legacies of partition which continue to resonate today in the fractured lives of individuals and communities, and more broadly in the relationship between India and Pakistan and the ongoing conflict over contested sites. In conclusion, the book reflects on the general implications of partition as a political solution to ethnic and religious conflict. The book, which is accompanied by photographs, maps and a chronology of major events, is intended for students as a portal into the history and politics of the Asian region.

The Raj at War

  • Filename: the-raj-at-war.
  • ISBN: 9781409029649
  • Release Date: 2015-07-16
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Dr. Yasmin Khan
  • Publisher: Random House



The Second World War was not fought by Britain alone. India produced the largest volunteer army in world history: over 2 million men. But, until now, there has never been a comprehensive account of India's turbulent home front and the nexus between warfare and India’s society. In The Raj at War we hear the myriad voices of ordinary Indian people, from the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross to the three soldiers imprisoned as ‘traitors to the Raj’ who returned to a hero’s welcome, from the nurses in Indian General Hospitals to labourers and their families in remote villages. Yasmin Khan presents the overlooked history of India at war, and shows how mobilisation for the war unleashed seismic processes of economic, cultural and social change – decisively shaping the international war effort, the unravelling of the empire and India’s own political trajectory.

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