For over a century, partition has been considered the only solution when transaction, and politics, have failed. But can partition really provide a long-term solution to a conflict or even prevent further conflict? How peaceful is life in cities that have been separated?
This interesting collection of writings presents sensitive, complex, and wide-ranging reflections on the modern phenomenon of partition. The essays consider the mechanisms of nation-building in partition, both post-colonial and in the context of post-1989 transitions in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and analyses whether the partition of the Indian subcontinent should be considered a paradigm case.
The particular histories of nationalism and partition are different in the countries involved, but the commonalities in the painful universality of the experience, and in the narrative structures, state and nation-building strategies, patriarchal patterns of control, and mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion are striking. The texts engage in critical thinking about processes such as fragmentation and exclusion, placing them in perspective in the historical event of partition.
This thought-provoking volume, sharply analytical yet lucidly written, will attract analytical yet lucidly written, will attract scholars and students of history, sociology, politics, urban studies, and cultural studies, as also the interested lay reader.
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MUSHIRUL HASAN (EDITOR)
The Partition Omnibus
The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India
(Oxford India Paperbacks)
MUSHIRUL HASAN (EDITOR)
Process, Strategy and Mobilization
Settling Partition Hostilities: Lessons Learnt, the Options AheadRadha Kumar3
DIVIDED COUNTRIES, SEPARATED CITIES19
The Last Hurrah that ContinuesRanabir Samaddar21
History as DramaFriedrich Dieckmann36
The Partition of IndiaClaude Markovits50
Divorce by Mutual Consent or War of Secession?63
(Czechoslovakia-Yugoslavia) Jacques Rupnic
On the Hague Conference, 1991Goran Fejic73
Refugee Memory in India and PakistanSyed Sikander Mehdi85
Families, DisplacementMeghna Guhathakurta96
The Mostar Story, or the Twenty-first-century BerlinOzren Kebo106
Lies of the Island: CyprusAhmet Altan112
The Dynamics of DivisionRitu Menon115
Women's Trauma and TriumphSubhoranjan Dasgupta130
Asymmetrical Nationhood in India and PakistanMushirul Hasan140
From the Nation to Partition;
Through Partition to the Nation: ReadingsRada Ivekovic150
Jerusalem's Stumbling BlocksAntoine Maurice177
List of Contributors184
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