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From the Ashes of 1947
Reimagining Punjab

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  • Date Published: February 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428118

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  • This book revisits the partition of the British Indian province of Punjab, its attendant violence and, as a consequence, the divided and dislocated Punjabi lives. Navigating nostalgia and trauma, dreams and laments, identity(s) and homeland(s), it explores the partition of the very idea of Punjabiyat. It was Punjab (along with Bengal) that was divided to create the new nations of India and Pakistan. In subsequent years, religious and linguistic sub-divisions followed - arguably, no other region of the sub-continent has had its linguistic and ethnic history submerged within respective national and religious identity(s). None paid the price of partition like the pluralistic, pre-partition Punjab. This work analyses the dissonance, distortion and dilution witnessed by Punjab and presents a detailed narrative of its past.

    • Refers to a wide range of primary sources like newspaper excerpts, official documents, poetry, literature
    • Includes first-hand experiences of partition
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    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428118
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of photographs, maps and tables
    List of excerpts
    List of abbreviations
    Glossary
    Acknowledgements
    Preface: memories create history
    1. Partitioned lands, partitioned histories
    2. The treasure within the five rivers
    3. Handing over the reigns
    4. Violence, migration and the making of the refugee
    5. Sacred Malerkotla
    6. Migrating to the promised land: a tale of two cities
    7. From refugee to citizen
    8. Cleansing hearts and minds
    9. Lost innocence and sold honour
    10. Dreams, memories and legacies
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Pippa Virdee, De Montfort University, Leicester
    Pippa Virdee teaches Modern South Asian History at De Montfort University, Leicester. She has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Governance and Policy (ITU), Lahore. She is the author of Coming to Coventry: Stories from the South Asian Pioneers (2006) and has co-edited Refugees and the End of Empire (2011). Her academic interests include British colonial history, the history of Punjab and partition studies.

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