The History of Pakistan

by Iftikhar H. Malik


Explores the history of the unique Indo-Muslim nation of Pakistan, from the ancient Indus Valley Civilization to coming of Islam to the ongoing and volatile feud with India over the region of Kashmir.

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July 2008


Pages 260
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics World History/Politics and Government

The History of Pakistan explores the rich and intricate past of a highly diverse nation still in the process of determining its own identity. Rooted in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, shaped by the cultures of both the Middle and Far East, and now predominantly devoted to Islam, Pakistan has emerged as a unique Indo-Muslim community, viewed with caution and curiosity by the rest of the world. In this latest volume of Greenwood's History of Modern Nations series, readers discover the foundations of modern Pakistan, from its earliest empires and shared history with India to the coming of Islam and its successful fight for independence in 1947. This highly informative guide also examines the key issues and attitudes guiding Pakistan today: their volatile feud with India over the region of Kashmir and the right to nuclear development, internal debates over the role of Islam in Pakistani society, and the unbreakable dominance of the military in political affairs. Poised between a radically changing India and the politically unstable Middle East, Pakistan is an important nation to understand as it determines its course in rapidly a changing world.

Series Description

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world's nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation's long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
Table of Contents

Series ForewordPrefaceAcronymsChronologyChapter One The Indus Heartland and Karakoram CountryChapter Two The Indus Valley Civilisation: Dravidians to AryansChapter Three Islam in South Asia: The Indus and Delhi SultanatesChapter Four The Great Mughals and the Golden Era in the Indo-Islamic Civilisation, 1526-1707Chapter Five The British Rule and the Independence MovementsChapter Six Muslims in South Asia and the Making of PakistanChapter Seven Pakistan: Establishing the State, 1947-58Chapter Eight Military Take-over and the Separation of East Pakistan, 1958-1971Chapter Nine Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, PPP and the Military Regime of General Zia-ul-Haq, 1972-88Chapter Ten Democratic Decade: 1988-1999. Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz SharifChapter Eleven General Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan in the Twenty-first CenturyBiographical NotesGlossaryBibliography



"Joining others in the Greenwood Histories of Modern Nations is a fine survey of Pakistan's evolution and development, from its early influence in Indo-Islamic culture to its establishment as a separate state. Included in the history are notes on political interactions within the region, influential individuals, and military confrontations. It's a fine historical introduction for high school or college-level holdings strong in regional country histories."Midwest Book Review/California Bookwatch

"In this title readers discover the foundations of modern Pakistan, from its earliest empires and shared history with India to the coming of Islam and its successful fight for independence in 1947....The book concludes with a biography section of notable people in Pakistan's history, a glossary of terms and abbreviations, a bibliographic essay, and an index. The book is well written and is appropriate for high school and undergraduate students."ARBA Online

"This history is easy to read and covers the highlights of a long history. . . This book can be used as an introduction to the history of Pakistan."Catholic Library World

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