A History of Pakistan

ISBN : 9780199400249

Roger D. Long
888 Pages
163 x 240 mm
Pub date
Apr 2015
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Although Pakistan may be a new state in an historical context, it possesses an ancient legacy and culture. This volume examines the history of Pakistan from its archaeological heritage and origins in the Islamic civilization in South Asia to its political, economic, and social characteristics since 1947. The dynamics of its volatile history have been conditioned by its chequered constitutional development. It has produced vivid and forceful leaders, both civilian and military, from the Bhuttos-Zulfikar Ali and his daughter Benazir-to the string of military rulers who have governed the country, namely, Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Zia ul-Haq, and the last military dictator, Pervez Musharraf. Religious and class differences and regional forces tear at the fabric of the nation and hinder the development of a stable democratic regime. In spite of these persistent retrograde forces, there is a remarkable commitment among the progressives and the educated of the country to move it forward. Pakistan possesses a remarkable history through its interplay of regional and economics forces, through wars and civil wars, through being a 'Front-Line State', and through nuclear confrontations in the form of nuclear tests performed by Pakistan as well as its neighbour India. This volume is a rich and authoritative guide to those turbulent decades as well as to the history of the Indian subcontinent.


Roger D. Long
The Archaeological Heritage of Pakistan: From the Paleolithic to the Indus Civilization
Jonathan Mark Kenoyer
1. The Indo-Gangetic Tradition: Early Historic Chiefdoms and States of the Northern Subcontinent
Jonathan Mark Kenoyer
2. The Advent and Spread of Muslim Rule in South Asia
Manan Ahmed
3. The Delhi and Regional Sultanates
Emma J. Flatt
4. The Mughal Empire
Avril Powell
5. The Era of British Rule
Marc Jason Gilbert
6. Muslim Revival and Freedom Movement
Sikandar Hayat
7. The Pakistan Movement, 1940-1947
Sarah Ansari
8. Founders of Pakistan
Roger D. Long
9. The Democratic Phase, 1947-1958
Ian Talbot
10. The Ayub Khan Era
Craig Baxter
11. Three Turbulent Years:A Re-Appraisal of the Yahya Regime, 1969-197
Sarmila Bose
12. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto: Triumph and Tragedy
Philip E. Jones
13. The Ziaul Haq Era
Lawrence Ziring
14. The Years of a Failed Democratic Transition, 1988-1999
Mariam Mufti
15. Pervez Musharraf: Yet Another Dictator
Ayesha Siddiqa
16. Pakistan's Foreign Policy
Ijaz Khan
17. Pakistan's Economic Development, 1947-2007
Christopher Candland
18. The Social and Cultural History of Pakistan
Shahnaz Rouse

About the author: 

Roger D. Long is professor of History at Eastern Michigan University, USA. He has previously taught at Aitchison College in Lahore, Kansai University of Foreign Studies in Japan, California State University at Fullerton, and the University of Calgary in Canada.

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