Pakistan : at the crosscurrent of history /
Lawrence Ziring.
Oxford : Oneworld, c2003.
xvi, 383 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
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Oxford : Oneworld, c2003.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Lawrence Ziring is the Arnold E. Schneider Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University, U.S.A.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-07-01:
Ziring (Western Michigan Univ.), a well-known Pakistan specialist, has produced a timely, highly readable, and compelling analysis of the political history of Pakistan from its roots in the early 20th century to the October 2002 national elections. His carefully crafted analysis reflects his years of fieldwork in Pakistan and decades of teaching and research. The book provides a critical review of the disastrous performance of Pakistan's military and political leadership and the role played by Islam, Kashmir, and India in shaping the country's psyche and politics. Pakistan, Ziring argues, has succeeded in resisting the forces of chaos that have threatened the country since its creation in 1947 and still has a chance to build a future. However, the country stands at a decisive crossroads. Pakistanis face a crucial political choice between an army-dominated, secular-political system or an army-dominated Islamic system. There are no other alternatives. This choice will have a significant impact not only on Pakistan but on the larger global community as well. Given its broad sweep, the book will greatly interest both generalists and specialists. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers and all academic audiences. S. A. Kochanek emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Guiding us through three wars and numerous periods of political instability and martial law, this text offers a penetrating analysis of the conflicts between tradition and modernity, religion and secularity, which continue both to burden this Muslim country and to shape its destiny.
Main Description
This controversial book seeks to explain how Pakistan became the centre ofontemporary terrorism. Tracing the development of the country from its birthn 1947 to the present day, Ziring explores how a country once envisaged as aecular model for the Muslim world has been gripped by a form of radicalslamic fundamentalism. Focusing on the links between what is going on withinakistan and its relationships with key foreign powers such as the US, thisccount portrays an unstable nation locked in a myriad of struggles - betweenemocracy and military law, secularism and religious fanaticism - just as itinds itself as the centre of Bush's campaign to manage the "Axis of Evil".
Unpaid Annotation
Tracing Pakistan's history from the 1947 partition to its present prominence in global security, this guide reveals the many and significant challenges facing Pakistan, both at home and abroad.
Table of Contents
List of mapsp. x
Prefacep. xi
The Origins of Pakistanp. 1
Jinnah and Gandhi and the struggle for a secular statep. 4
The emergence of the Pakistan movementp. 13
The British role in the emergence of Pakistanp. 26
Defining the Pakistan ethosp. 39
Bibliographyp. 43
Political Aspirationsp. 45
The center and the peripheryp. 47
The Jinnah legacyp. 51
The violence factorp. 58
The demise of the Muslim Leaguep. 62
Bibliographyp. 66
The Military and Politicsp. 68
The road to martial lawp. 73
The Ayub Khan erap. 81
Bibliographyp. 91
Years of War: The Turning Pointp. 92
The gathering stormp. 97
The Pakistan-India war of 1965 and its aftermathp. 103
The end of the Ayub erap. 108
The Yahya Khan interregnum and the civil warp. 114
Internationalizing a civil warp. 123
Bibliographyp. 128
Redefining Pakistanp. 130
Bhutto's Pakistan: the external dimensionp. 133
Bhutto's Pakistan: the internal dimensionp. 139
The fall of Zulfikar Ali Bhuttop. 145
The elections and the aftermathp. 157
Bibliographyp. 160
Islamizationp. 163
Zia and Islamist politicsp. 169
The realities of Zia's Islamist policyp. 173
The Zia legacyp. 182
The end of the Zia erap. 198
Bibliographyp. 202
Democracy and Hypocrisyp. 204
Political revivalp. 207
Democracy revisited?p. 216
The Afghanistan factorp. 222
The politics of chaosp. 225
Bibliographyp. 228
The Externalities of Domestic Changep. 229
The caretaker governmentp. 231
The second Benazir Bhutto administrationp. 233
The end of the Benazir Bhutto erap. 238
The second Nawaz Sharif administrationp. 244
Anatomy of a coupp. 251
Bibliographyp. 257
The Politics of Terrorismp. 259
The Musharraf factorp. 265
Political evolution and revolutionp. 273
Antecedents to September 11p. 276
A summing upp. 287
Bibliographyp. 292
Choosing Sidesp. 294
The road to September 11p. 301
The war on terrorismp. 303
Terrorism and the nation-statep. 315
Defining the Futurep. 320
The Musharraf reforms?p. 325
The real Musharraf reforms?p. 332
Prelude to an electionp. 348
Electronic sources and writers consulted for chapters 10 and 11p. 356
Still Another Crossroadsp. 359
Immediate and long-term consequencesp. 365
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