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A History of Bangladesh

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  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521861748
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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 the extraordinary twists and turns that have created modern Bangladesh. The story begins with the early geological history of the delta which has decisively shaped Bangladesh society. The narrative then moves chronologically through the era of colonial rule, the partition of Bengal, the war with Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh as an independent state. In so doing, it reveals the forces that have made Bangladesh what it is today. This is an eloquent introduction to a fascinating country and its resilient and inventive people.

    • Through the past to the present: a leading scholar traces Bengal's history to explain modern Bangladesh
    • Includes aids for students such as a chronology, biographies of key political figures, a glossary and maps
    • Features over 110 images that bring Bangladesh to life
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    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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    "Those looking for a brief, reliable introduction to the history of Bangladesh need look no further than this splendid book. In exceptionally clear prose, Schendel (Univ. of Amsterdam) takes readers through a complete history of what he stresses ought to be understood as the 'Bengal delta'.... Essential." - Choice

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    05th May 2018 by Taseen

    This book is very useful and informative. There are lots of books in bangla which describes the historic moment of the emergence of the country.Very few books are written in English. It is very useful. I am a student from DU, Bangladesh and really want to read this whole book. Alas! I don't have enough money to by it.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521861748
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 101 b/w illus. 12 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Long View:
    1. A land of water and silt
    2. Jungle, fields, cities and states
    3. A region of multiple frontiers
    4. The Delta as a crossroads
    Part II. Colonial Encounters
    5. From the Mughal Empire to the British Empire
    6. The British impact
    7. A closing agrarian frontier
    8. Colonial conflicts
    9. Towards partition
    10. Partition
    Part III. Becoming East Pakistan:
    11. The Pakistan experiment
    12. Pakistan falls apart
    13. East Pakistani livelihoods
    14. The roots of aid dependence
    15. A new elite and cultural renewal
    Part IV. War and the Birth of Bangladesh:
    16. Armed conflict
    17. A state is born
    18. Imagining a new society
    Part V. Independent Bangladesh:
    19. Creating a political system
    20. Transnational linkages
    21. Bursting at the seams
    22. A national culture?

  • Author

    Willem van Schendel, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Willem van Schendel is Professor of Modern Asian History at the University of Amsterdam and Head of the Asia Department of the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. His previous publications include Global Blue: Indigo and Espionage in Colonial Bengal (with Pierre-Paul Darrac, 2006) and The Bengal Borderland: Beyond State and Nation in South Asia (2005).


    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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