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Item Code: IDF954
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195640861
Pages: 391 (Maps: 9)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8" X 5.6"
Weight 590 gm
About the Book:

Created in 1947 at the end of colonial rule as a homeland for British India's Muslims, Pakistan has emerged in recent years as a strategic player on the world stage. It is both a frontline ally of the United States in its ' War on Terror', and a potential' rogue state' armed with nuclear weapons on whom the world, and especially India, keep a close Watch.

Given the history of enduring conflict between the two countries, Pakistan's politics is not only of importance to India's policy planners but often is the subject of daily conversation and debate among ordinary citizens in India. Yet, does India know the real Pakistan? Will Pakistan's story continue to be one of missed opportunities and unfulfilled promises? And is there a critical design flaw in its political-cultural make up that could also herald its end?

In this book, Stephen Cohen offers a panoramic and intensely biographical portrait of this complex country-from its ideational origins to its present existence as a military-dominated state. Pakistan's experiences with uneven growth, political chaos, sectarian violence, and tense relations and nuclear crises with India are also discussed. The nook offers the reader nuanced understanding beyond popular impressions in India of Pakistan as nothing more than an army with a country

The volume also answers a critical question which most South Asians, and particularly Indians ask themselves. What makes Pakistan so important in the United States's regional calculus? Can Pakistan join the community of nations as moderate Islamic state, at peace with its neighbours, or is it waiting to dissolve completely into a failed state, spewing terrorists and nuclear weapons in all directions?

Whatever be the choices which Pakistan makes for itself, possible future scenarios, which Cohen suggests, make this book important not just to political scientists, and strategic analysts, journalists, defence personnel, business people, and the informed general reader.

About the Author:

Stephen Philip Cohen is a Senior Fellow in the foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Washington D. C. A former Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois and member of the US Department of State policy Planning Staff, he is the author of the much acclaimed India, emerging Power (OUP, 2001), the Indian Army (OUP, 1991), AND The Pakistan Army (OUP, 1990).

Preface vii
ONEThe Idia of Pakistan15
TWOThe State of Pakistan39
THREEThe Army's Pakistan97
FOURPolitical Pakistan131
FIVEIslamic Pakistan161
SIXRegionalism and Sepraratism201
SEVENDemographic, Educational, and Economic Prospects231
EIGHTPakistan's Futures267
NINEAmerican Options301
Pakistan in 2004xii
The Subcontinent on the Even of Islam,
and Early Arab Inroads, 700-975
The Ghurid and Mamluk Dynasties, 1170-1290
and the Delhi sultanate under the Khaljis and
tughluqus, 1290-1330
The Mughal Empire, 1556-170719
Choudhary Ramat Ali's 1940 Plan for Pakistan27
Pakistan in 194740
Pakistan in 197276
Languages of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Northwest India209
Pakistan in Its Larger Regional Setting300

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