1st Edition

The Geopolitics of South Asia From Early Empires to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

By Graham Chapman Copyright 2000
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    This title was first published in 2000:  This volume explores one of the world's greatest cultural heartlands - the Indian sub-continent. It shows how geological movements moulded the land and how they still impact upon it; how the culture of early setters evolved to form Hinduism; how its wealth and power attracted the attention of Islamic invaders who founded the Sultanate of Delhi and then the great Mogul Empire; and how they were later usurped by the British Raj. The story continues with the trauma of Partition and Independence in 1947, as India's unique form of Islam shook free from Nehru's secular India with the founding of Pakistan. At different points in the story, discussions are woven in on subjects such as caste or the management of water resources. Much of the book is written in terms of the three major forces of integration.These are "identitive" forces - bonds of language, ethnicity, religion or ideology; "utilitarian" forces - bonds of common material interests; and "coercion" - the institutional use or threat of physical violence.

    List of Figures, List of Tables, Foreword, Acknowledgements, PART I: INTRODUCTION, 1. Brahma and Manu: Of Mountains and Rivers, Gods and Men, 2. Hinduism: The Manifold of Man and God, 3. Islam: Submission to the One True God, PART II: THE BRITISH RAJ, 4. The Usurpers: The Life and Death of John Company, 5. A New Geography: A New Economy, 6. The New Nationalisms and the Politics of Reaction, PART III: THE SUCCESSOR STATES, 7. Divide and Quit, 8. New Lines on the Map, 9. From Two to Three: The Birth of Bangladesh, 10. Raj and Swaraj: Regionalism and Integration in the Successor States, 11. The Power Upstream, 12. The Greater Game, PART IV: CONCLUSIONS, 13. States and Region in South Asia, References and Bibliography, Appendix, Index


    Graham Chapman