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The Partition of India


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1. Understanding the partition historiography; 2. The road to 1947; 3. Violence and partition; 4. Migration and resettlement; 5. Partition legacies: ethnic and religious nationalism; 6. An enduring rivalry: India and Pakistan since 1947.

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An account of the partition of India at independence in 1947.

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Ian Talbot is Professor of History at the University of Southampton. His recent publications include The Deadly Embrace: Religion, Politics and Violence in India and Pakistan 1947-2002 (ed., 2007) and Divided Cities: Partition and its Aftermath in Lahore and Amritsar 1947-1957 (2006). Gurharpal Singh is Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Inter-Religious Relations in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. His recent publications include Governance in Multicultural Societies (ed. with John Rex, 2004) and Culture and Economy in the Indian Diaspora (ed. with Bhikhu Parekh and Steven Vertovec, 2003).


'The publication of this well-written, concise and informative volume by two leading scholars in their field is a welcome appearance for scholars and students of South Asian studies, as well as for those interested in the study of ethnic violence, partition, forced migration and refugee resettlement in general.' Sadia Bajwa, H-Soz-u-Kult
'One of the nuggets in this book has Altaf Hussain, a modern leader of Pakistan's Mohajir community, describing Partition as 'the biggest blunder in the history of humanity'. In this readable and useful text, the authors set out to make sense of all those who blundered and why, and to set events in a wider context.' Asian Affairs
"In short, this is a superb, authoritative, reliable, and highly judicious introduction to the partition of India.... Highly recommended." - Choice
"This is a sophisticated work by two eminent scholars that greatly widens and deepens our understanding of India's division in 1947 and of its lasting legacies and significance for the people of India and Pakistan. With its attention to recent advances in Partition historiography, and with the provision of maps, photographs, a glossary, and a chronology of main events from 1937 to 1947, this volume will be appreciated by all teachers and students of modern South Asia." - H-Net

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