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1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh

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The war of 1971 was the most significant geopolitical event in the Indian subcontinent since its partition in 1947. At one swoop, it led to the creation of Bangladesh, and it tilted the balance of power between India and Pakistan steeply in favor of India. The Line of Control in Kashmir, the nuclearization of India and Pakistan, the conflicts in Siachen Glacier and Kargil, ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Harvard University Press
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David Bales
Aug 02, 2016 David Bales rated it it was amazing
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Having lived in Korea, I'm used to the concept of a smaller country being pushed around by larger neighbors, and the story of Bangladesh's independence is a story such as this; by 1971, "East Pakistan" had begun an effort to separate itself from "West Pakistan", Pakistan having been created in 1947 incorporating two sections of the Indian subcontinent that were predominantly Muslim, carving them away from British India upon independence in order to avoid domination by the Hindus in the Indian ...more
Nov 25, 2016 Savyasachee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very well written book, it reads like a very longform article. It's very well sourced, which adds to its conclusions and logic, which are simply laid and well-mapped out. I'd recommend this to everyone convinced about the invincibility of Indira Gandhi during those crucial months and the inevitability of India's win over Pakistan, because this book does make you think twice about all that. While it doesn't go into the operational details of the war at all, the book does manage to go through ...more
Jun 11, 2016 Aman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Geopolitics, Cold War, India, Bangladesh, South Asia
Shelves: history, india
I came into this book wondering if Srinath Raghavan would be able to sustain let alone improve upon the quality of his last book (War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years). Needless to say, I was tremendously surprised and impressed.
This book serially demolishes one popular myth after another with precise archival and independent research. The book is perhaps unique in the literature on the subject because of the sheer scope of the work in placing the crises in
Ira Langstein
Feb 24, 2014 Ira Langstein rated it really liked it
Fastening my seatbelt...

Just finished. Very informative. Tied in the multinational influences nicely. Weak spot was the cartoonization of Nixon Nd Kissinger on a very serious topic.
Sad: after all that the Bengalis kill their leadership. Seems some polities can't take yes for an answer.
Sep 02, 2016 Rohit rated it really liked it
Raghavan's interpretation of how global geopolitics played a far more important than recognised (in academic circles) part in the creation of Bangladesh out of the then East Pakistan. An important work and a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the history of South Asia and how Cold War between the two great superpowers actually played out in other countries and shaped our world today.
Nishank Agrawal
Aug 01, 2015 Nishank Agrawal rated it liked it
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Amazing book. Very detailed perspective of Bangladesh creation. details point of views of not just Bangladesh, India and Pakistan but also a whole lot of major powers across the globe. Good read.
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Srinath Raghavan is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He is also a senior research fellow at the India Institute at King’s College London. Srinath works on contemporary and historical aspects of India’s foreign and security policies.
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