Asian Studies Readings: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
Between the end of World War II and 1975, the British Raj would collapse and develop into three newly independent countries. As a result, the region of South Asia would redevelop into a modern collection of religious, economic, and cultural alliances in constant flux. Key concepts you should glean from the readings:
- Who were the leaders of the independence movements and what were their motivations?
- Why is Kashmir a constant area of conflict?
- What were the factors leading to the independence of East Pakistan?
- What are the political views of the USA, China, and Russia in the region?
- What are the largest deterrents to the economic development of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh?
Duiker, W.J. “A House Divided:The Emergence of Independent States in South Asia.” Twentieth-Century World History (Wadsworth Press, New York 1999) pp. 234-251
Bangladesh Genocides (contains some graphic images)
Future of Kashmir (BBC)
India Economic Growth (Bloomberg)