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Longest August free pdf The partitioning of British India into independent Pakistan and India in August 1947 occurred in the midst of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. More than 750,000 people were butchered, and 12 million fled their homesprimarily in caravans of bullock-cartsto seek refuge across the new border: it was the largest exodus in history. Sixty-seven years later, it is as if that August never ended. Renowned historian and journalist Dilip Hiro provides a riveting account of the relationship between India and Pakistan, tracing the landmark events that led to the division of the sub-continent and the evolution of the contentious relationship between Hindus and Muslims. To this day, a reasonable resolution to their dispute has proved elusive, and the Line of Control in Kashmir remains the most heavily fortified frontier in the world, with 400,000 soldiers arrayed on either side. Since partition, there have been several acute crises between the neighbors, including the secession of East Pakistan to form an independent Bangladesh in 1971, and the acquisition of nuclear weapons by both sides resulting in a scarcely avoided confrontation in 1999 and again in 2002. Hiro amply demonstrates the geopolitical importance of the India-Pakistan conflict by chronicling their respective ties not only with America and the Soviet Union, but also with China, Israel, and Afghanistan. Hiro weaves these threads into a lucid narrative, enlivened with colorful biographies of leaders, vivid descriptions of wars, sensational assassinations, gross violations of human rightsand cultural signifiers like cricket matches. "The Longest August" is incomparable in its scope and presents the first definitive history of one of the world s longest-running and most intractable conflicts."

About Dilip Hiro

Dilip Hiro is one of the world's leading experts on Middle Eastern, Central and South Asian, and Islamic affairs and has written many books including the classic history of the Iran-Iraq war, "The Longest War," the national bestseller, "Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm," and the acclaimed history of oil and politics, "Blood of the Earth." He contributes regularly to "The New York Times," "The Guardian," "The Washington Post," "The Observer," "The Nation," "Los Angeles Times," "Salon" and TomDispatch, and is a commentator for CNN and the BBC.

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Author : Dilip Hiro
Publisher : Nation Books
Data Published : 01 January 2015
ISBN : 1336020520
EAN : 9781336020528
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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