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Kashmir in conflict : India, Pakistan and the unending war /
Victoria Schofield.
edition
[Fully rev. ed.]
imprint
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2010.
description
xvi, 318 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1848851057 (Paper), 9781848851054 (Paper)
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imprint
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2010.
isbn
1848851057 (Paper)
9781848851054 (Paper)
catalogue key
7252825
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-305) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Victoria Schofield is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The United Nations (1984), Every Rock, Every Hill: The Plain Tale of the North-West Frontier and Afghanistan (1987), Bhutto: Trial and Execution (1990), Kashmir in the Crossfire (I.B. Tauris, 1996) and Afghan Frontier: At the Crossroads of Conflict (Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2010).
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-07-01:
For the past 50 years the world has witnessed a continuing tense conflict between Pakistan and India over the disputed territory of Kashmir. The two protagonist South Asian neighbors have fought devastating wars over this territory. The Kashmir conflict has also been the subject of continuing attention by great powers and international organizations. What makes the Kashmir issue more ominous today is the nuclearization of South Asia and the potential use of nuclear weapons in a future Indo-Pakistani war over the control of Kashmir. Although neither New Delhi nor Islamabad may wish to escalate the conflict into a nuclear confrontation, a conventional conflict over Kashmir can nevertheless spiral into a nuclear exchange. The Kashmir conflict's deeply rooted historical, emotional, and religious overtones do not lend themselves to conventional conflict resolution methods. Schofield places contemporary problems in historical frameworks and describes in detail the genesis and development of the Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir. This is a very useful and timely book for specialists and informed citizenry alike. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate courses through faculty. N. Entessar Spring Hill College
Reviews
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"A brilliantly detailed journey through the complex history of Jammu and Kashmir."-- Literary Review"Schofield succeeds admirably by keeping the plight of ordinary Kashmiris to the fore. Her account of a decade-long, still unfinished insurgency is scrupulous"--The Independent"[O]ne of the best general introductions to what a well briefed Bill Clinton described as the most dangerous place on earth"--New Statesman"Anyone concerned with the future of South Asia will find that Ms Schofield's book will enrich their understanding of what is at stake."--Asia Affairs
"A brilliantly detailed journey through the complex history of Jammu and Kashmir." -- Literary Review "Schofield succeeds admirably by keeping the plight of ordinary Kashmiris to the fore. Her account of a decade-long, still unfinished insurgency is scrupulous" -- The Independent "[O]ne of the best general introductions to what a well briefed Bill Clinton described as the most dangerous place on earth" -- New Statesman "Anyone concerned with the future of South Asia will find that Ms Schofield's book will enrich their understanding of what is at stake." -- Asia Affairs
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text examines the Kashmir conflict in its historical context, from the period when the valley was an independent kingdom right up to the struggles of the 1990s.
Description for Bookstore
How does the Kashmir separatist movement challenge the integrity of the Indian state and threaten the stability of a region of tremendous strategic importance? As Pakistan and India square up for what may become a major regional conflict, Victoria Schofield's book examines the Kashmir question, from the period when the valley was an independent kingdom to its current status as a battleground for two of the world's newest nuclear powers: India and Pakistan. Schofield traces the origins of the conflict in the 19th century and explains the issues that divide India and Pakistan, assessesing the military positions of both states as their troops mass along the border.
Main Description
Why has the valley of Kashmir, famed for its beauty and tranquility, become a major flashpoint, threatening the stability of a region of great strategic importance to pose a nuclear threat for the entire world? This book examines the Kashmir conflict in its historical context, from the period when the valley was an independent kingdom right up to the struggles of the present day. Drawing upon research in India and Pakistan, as well as historical sources, this book traces the origins of the state in the 19th century, the controversial "sale" by the British of the predominantly Muslim valley to a Hindu Maharaja in 1846 and the 20th century clashes between Muslim and Hindu interests now culminating in the threat of a major war.
Main Description
After 20 years of insurgency, Kashmir continues to be a major flashpoint and decisive factor in destabilising regional relations. Resolving the dispute over the state of Jammu and Kashmir is crucial to achieving peace and stability, without which the US Af-Pak strategy is unlikely to succeed. With international eyes focused on South Asia, understanding what is at stake in Kashmir has never been more important. For decades, the dispute over the valley of Kashmir, famed for its beauty and tranquility, has determined much of Pakistan's and India's foreign policy. With the state, located between two nuclear-armed nations, and India blaming Pakistani militants for the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, the potentially wider implications of the conflict are higher than ever on the international agenda.
Main Description
How has the valley of Kashmir, famed for its beauty and tranquility, become the focus of a dispute with the potential for nuclear conflict? How does the Kashmir separatist movement challenge the integrity of the Indian state and threaten the stability of a region of tremendous strategic importance? As Pakistan and India square up for what may become a major regional conflict, Victoria Schofield┬┐s book examines the Kashmir question, from the period when the valley was an independent kingdom to its current status as a battleground for two of the world┬┐s newest nuclear powers: India and Pakistan. Schofield traces the origins of the conflict in the 19th century and explains the issues that divide India and Pakistan, assessesing the military positions of both states as their troops mass along the border.
Main Description
How has the valley of Kashmir, famed for its beauty and tranquility, become the focus of a dispute with the potential for nuclear conflict? How does the Kashmir separatist movement challenge the integrity of the Indian state and threaten the stability of a region of tremendous strategic importance? As Pakistan and India square up for what may become a major regional conflict, Victoria Schofield's book examines the Kashmir question, from the period when the valley was an independent kingdom to its current status as a battleground for two of the world's newest nuclear powers: India and Pakistan. Schofield traces the origins of the conflict in the 19th century and explains the issues that divide India and Pakistan, assessesing the military positions of both states as their troops mass along the border.
Table of Contents
Mapsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introducing Kashmirp. 1
Independencep. 27
Accessionp. 49
Special Statusp. 73
Diplomacy and Warp. 99
Bravado and Despairp. 127
Vale of Tearsp. 143
Hearts and Mindsp. 163
Conflict or Consensus?p. 189
New Century, New Vision?p. 225
Afterword: The Peace Processp. 247
Glossaryp. 261
Notesp. 263
Select Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 307
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