The 1947 Partition of India seemed like a win-win situation, offering freedom from colonial rule and a separate state for Muslims. In the end, however, the birth of modern-day India and Pakistan came at a heavy cost. In this book, historian Yasmin Khan offers a succinct, well-balanced analysis of the social and political background for, execution of, and fallout from the Partition – which, she argues, occurred with a reckless degree of haste. In the chaos which followed Britain’s exit from India, at least half a million people perished and over 10 million became refugees.
About the Author
Yasmin Khan is associate professor of history and fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
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