Partition and Locality provides original and challenging insights into the processes of violence, demographic transformation and physical reconstruction arising from the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. The focus is upon the cities of Gujranwala and Sialkot that experienced violence, demographic shift and economic transformation in different ways. The work is not only a significant contribution to the understanding of the partition process of British India and its aftermath for the Pakistan Punjab, it also provide an authoritative and thought provoking approach to the themes of broader twentieth-century processes of collective violence, mass displacements and economic recovery.
Drawing together fresh information from an array of unexploited sources, Partition and Locality not only questions wider interpretations of the patterns of partition violence, it also adds considerable evidential weight to the argument that partition violence cannot simply be dismissed as 'temporary madness' or aberration. The analysis goes beyond consideration of the violence in relation to its spontaneity and organizational character to represent an important contribution to knowledge by uncovering for the first time actual perpetrators of the violence in the region. While Partition brought sufferings for many and disrupted old social, commercial and kin networks, the author concentrates particularly on new opportunities for both locals and refugees in different sectors of the economy arising from the migration of Hindu and Sikh business classes. The work highlights how the massive shifts in population influenced and transformed the socio-economic landscape of the two cities. The focus is upon the cities' post-independence industrial recovery and the emergence of a new artisan-industrial class to prominence.
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Dr. Ilyas Chattha is presently based at the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies at the University of Southampton and is carrying out research on the impact of Partition on the Punjabi Christians in Pakistan. His doctoral research was a micro-level study examining the 1947 partition violence, refugee experiences and urban regeneration in the Pakistan Punjab.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, Pakistan, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. This book provides original and challenging insights into the processes of violence, demographic transformation, and physical reconstruction arising from partition of the subcontinent in 1947. The study focuses on the cities of Gujranwala and Sialkot that experienced violence, demographic shift, and economic transformation in different ways. The work is not only a significant contribution to the understanding of the Partition process of British India and its aftermath in Punjab that became Pakistani territory, but it also provides an authoritative and thought-provoking approach to the themes of broader twentieth-century processes of collective violence, mass displacements, and economic recovery. this exciting study demonstrates, there were very real distinctions in terms of the experiences of different cities; districts; urban and rural people; and different sets of migrants too. It challenges us to re-think our understanding of what Partition really meant in the context of this province. – Sarah Ansari, Royal Holloway, University of London This study focuses on the way certain groups—including poor and oppressed communities—played an active role in either organising or carrying out genocidal attacks . It also brings out in a telling and chilling manner that even those who were meant to protect minorities were frequently implicated in the violence. – David Hardiman, University of Warwick .a significant contribution to the understanding of the ‘new history’ of the creation of Pakistan and the attendant division of the Punjab. – Ian Talbot, University of Southampton It is a necessary reading for all those interested in learning more about the Partition and its manifold consequences. – Gurharpal Singh, University of Birmingham Ilyas Chattha deserves our praise for tracking down never-used local police sources that provide a truly new perspective on the local dynamics of Partition violence in Punjab. A real achievement! – Steven Wilkinson, Yale University. Bookseller Inventory # 510
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110199061726
Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 350 pages. 8.50x5.43x0.12 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0199061726