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Pakistan: A Very Short Introduction

Pippa Virdee

November 2021

ISBN: 9780198847076

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Pippa Virdee considers the history of Pakistan, created as a new nation state in 1947, placing it in the context of the region's four-thousand-year-old pre-colonial heritage. She discusses Pakistan's religion and society, the state and the military, popular culture, language and literature, as well as its relationship with the rest of the world.

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Pippa Virdee considers the history of Pakistan, created as a new nation state in 1947, placing it in the context of the region's four-thousand-year-old pre-colonial heritage. She discusses Pakistan's religion and society, the state and the military, popular culture, language and literature, as well as its relationship with the rest of the world.

  • Considers Pakistan both as a young nation state, created at the end of the British Empire in South Asia, and also as a region with a 4,000 year old history and heritage
  • Discusses the roles of religion and society, state and the miliatry, in modern-day Pakistan
  • Looks to the future of Pakistan, and the challenges it faces in the twenty first century
  • Brings a focus on everyday socio-cultural aspects of people's lives in Pakistan
  • Includes a discussion of gender and diaspora within Pakistan
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Pippa Virdee, Reader in Modern South Asian History, De Montfort University

Dr. Pippa Virdee is a reader in Modern South Asian History at De Montfort University. Virdee is the author of From the Ashes of 1947: Reimagining Punjab (CUP, 2017), and Coming to Coventry, Stories from the South Asian Pioneers (Herbert Gallery, 2006), and is co-editor of Refugees and the End of Empire: Imperial Collapse and Forced Migration in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), with P. Panayi.

Table of Contents

    1. Progress of a dream
    2: The ancient in the modern
    3: Towards the idea of Pakistan
    4: Consolidation and fragmentation
    5: Building the land of the pure
    6: Visualising the land of the pure
    7: The world outside
    8: Looking backwards, going forward?
    Timeline and key moments
    Glossary
    Abbreviations
    Further Reading
    Index