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A History of Bangladesh

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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 ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2009)
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Jennings Peeler
Feb 05, 2015 Jennings Peeler rated it really liked it
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The history of South Asia involves more than just Pakistan and India. This very accessible history of Bangladesh revealed to me a world about which I was very ignorant. My appetite whetted, I am eager to learn more.

Awendt06
May 24, 2015 Awendt06 rated it really liked it
I read this while I was on a long trip to Bangladesh and it helped me understand some of the historical context for what was happening around me in Dhaka and the villages. A great read to get a broad slice of Bangladesh history and a great starting point for those seeking to learn more about this vibrant and complex country.
Sarah
Feb 20, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Willem van Schendel, apnake onek dhonnobad! This book is a holistic and concise presentation of the important factors shaping Bangladesh today, which one will encounter if one goes there: every paragraph, almost every sentence really, gives me the means to more deeply understand the background behind the stories, articles, posters, and films I read and saw, and of course the conversations I had, during my two years' time there, without going to specialized sources. My only complaint is that it ...more
Anders
Aug 17, 2009 Anders rated it it was amazing
A very convincing case for further study of Bangladesh, this book is a spot-on summary of the various threads of current scholarship on this fascinating country. Solidly researched and impeccably argued, by only critique would be that the book is organized too neatly and things seem more cut-and-dry than they really are. A great building block.
Paul Smith
May 07, 2014 Paul Smith rated it really liked it
Bangladesh is a young and slightly mad state founded upon a broad collection of intertwined and frequently unfortunate histories. It's a country you can't help but admire, if it will only stand still long enough for you to get to grips with it.

There's no reason why a Dutchman shouldn't have a bash at making sense of it all, and Van Schendel speaks with authority - if he doesn't know his stuff, I don't know who does. Colonialism, the East India Company, partition, war with Pakistan, floods, famin
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Johann_tor
Oct 23, 2013 Johann_tor rated it really liked it
Very prim and tight, this conspectus of the history of the Bengal delta is magnificently confident and feels very useful.
Richard
Jan 13, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it
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The history of South Asia involves more than just Pakistan and India. This very accessible history of Bangladesh revealed to me a world about which I was very ignorant. My appetite whetted, I am eager to learn more.


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