A History of Bangladesh

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-03-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Bangladesh is a new name for an old land whose history is little known to the wider world. A country chiefly famous in the West for media images of poverty, underdevelopment, and natural disasters, Bangladesh did not exist as an independent state until 1971. Willem van Schendel's history reveals the country's vibrant, colourful past and its diverse culture as it navigates the extraordinary twists and turns that have created modern Bangladesh. The story begins with the early geological history of the delta which has decisively shaped Bangladesh society. The narrative then moves chronologically through the era of colonial rule, the partition of Bengal, the war with Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh as an independent state. In so doing, it reveals the forces that have made Bangladesh what it is today. This is an eloquent introduction to a fascinating country and its resilient and inventive people.

Author Biography

Willem van Schendel is Professor of Modern Asian History at the University of Amsterdam and Head of the Asia Department of the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. His previous publications include The Bengal Borderland: Beyond State and Nation in South Asia (2005) and Global Blue: Indigo and Espionage in Colonial Bengal (with Pierre-Paul Darrac, 2006)

Table of Contents

List of platesp. vii
List of maps and figuresp. xiv
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Timelinep. xvii
Introductionp. xxv
The Long Viewp. 1
A land of water and siltp. 3
Jungle, fields, cities and statesp. 11
A region of multiple frontiersp. 24
The delta as a crossroadsp. 39
Colonial Encountersp. 47
From the Mughal empire to the British empirep. 49
The British impactp. 57
A closing agrarian frontierp. 67
Colonial conflictsp. 77
Towards Partitionp. 88
Partitionp. 96
Becoming East Pakistanp. 105
The Pakistan experimentp. 107
Pakistan falls apartp. 121
East Pakistani livelihoodsp. 131
The roots of aid dependencep. 144
A new elite and cultural renewalp. 152
War And The Birth Of Bangladeshp. 159
Armed conflictp. 161
A state is bornp. 172
Imagining a new societyp. 183
Independent Bangladeshp. 191
Creating a political systemp. 193
Transnational linkagesp. 219
Bursting at the seamsp. 232
A national culture?p. 251
p. 268
Bangladesh district mapsp. 270
Key political figures since 1947p. 272
Glossary of Bengali termsp. 282
Notesp. 286
Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 334
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