The Geopolitics of South Asia: From Early Empires to the Nuclear Age: From Early Empires to the Nuclear Age, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Geopolitics of South Asia: From Early Empires to the Nuclear Age

From Early Empires to the Nuclear Age, 1st Edition

By Graham Chapman


356 pages

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This book was published in 2003. This volume tells the story of the Indian sub-continent. It shows how geological movements moulded the land and how they still impact on it; and traces its history, from the early settlers, the Mogul Empire and the British Raj, through the impact of railways, the development of irrigation systems on the economy and the spread of representative democracy. Discussions are woven around the three major forces of integration. These are "identitive" forces - bonds of language, ethnicity, religion or ideology; "utilitarian" forces - bonds of common material interest; and "coercion" - the institutional use or threat of physical violence. By studying these forces, Professor Chapman shows how the organisation of territory - as states and empires, as monarchic realms and as representative democracies - has been central to the region's historic, cultural, linguistic and economic development. This second edition is fully revised and updated including new material on the Northwest frontier, Afghanistan and Kashmir, and updating and extending its coverage of international relations.

Table of Contents

Brahma and Manu: of mountains and rivers, Gods and men; Hinduism: the manifold of man and God; Islam: submission to the one true God. The British Raj: the usurpers: the life and death of John Company; Securing the empire; a new geography: a new economy; the new nationalisms and the politics of reaction. The successor states: divide and quit; new lines on the map; from two to three: the birth of Bangladesh; Raj and Swaraj: regionalism and integration in the successor states; the power upstream; the greater game. Conclusions: states and regions in South Asia.

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