In 1996, Bangladesh celebrates its 25th anniversary. When the country became independent from Pakistan in 1971, it proclaimed itself a parliamentary democracy with four goals?democracy, secularism, socialism, and nationalism. This comprehensive introduction to Bangladesh's history, polity, economy, and society reassesses its successes and failures
1 A DELTA AND ITS PEOPLE, 2 HINDUS AND BUDDHISTS, 3 BENGAL UNDER MUSLIM RULE, 4 BENGAL UNDER THE COMPANY, 5BENGAL UNDER THE RAJ, 6 TOWARD INDEPENDENCE AND PARTITION, 7 A PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN, 8 DEMOCRACY, AUTHORITARIANISM, LIMITED DEMOCRACY, 1972-1982, 9 MILITARY RULE AND DEMOCRACY RESTORED, 1982-1996, 10 ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, 11 BANGLADESH IN THE WORLD SYSTEM, 12 DEMOCRACY OR AUTHORITARIANISM? DEVELOPMENT OR STAGNATION?