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The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories (Cultures of History)

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Nation-states often shape the boundaries of historical enquiry, and thus silence the very histories that have sutured nations to territorial states. "India" and "Pakistan" were drawn onto maps in the midst of Partition's genocidal violence and one of the largest displacements of people in the twentieth century. Yet this historical specificity of decolonization on the very

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Columbia University Press (first published October 12th 2007)
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Mandeep Kalra
A superb academic monograph. Meticulously researched and cogently written. Zamindar makes a compelling case that the nation-states of India and Pakistan were not yet fully formed in August 1947 when the subcontinent was partitioned and these two countries attained independence. Rather, this was a long partition as in the years immediately following Partition, both India and Pakistan struggled to control the flow of people, police their borders, and articulate their definitions of citizenship.

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Venkateswaran
Lots of books focus on the emotional aspects of the partition. This one goes one step further, and analyzes in depth how to fledgling nation states handled a problem that was unprecedented.

Learnt some startling facts though. Ind and Pak agreed to complete transfer of populations in the Punjab... Incredulous. Jinnah's divisive politics proclaiming a nation for muslims was a stunning political move, but not one that was well thought out through the end. It became immediately obvious that a new na
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Puneet Sharma
Meticulously researched and littered with numbers that enforce the authors opinions, which is rare for a partition era book. Unlike most other books written on this tumultuous era, this one has the right balance of tragic personal anecdotes and intricate details on the administrative policies by both countries.
dipandjelly
[review soon. in a few short words: this book blew my mind.]
Hafsa
An excellent historical and ethnographic book on the ways in which both India and Pakistan constructed their nation-ness through the use of refugee camps, passports, ID's, and borders.
Goes against the grain of many of the existing historical books on the Partition which focus on the explicit violence. Zamindar's book is on on the day to day implicit violences of the modern state in attempting to craft a sense of identity and citizenship.
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