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Kashmir in Conflict: India, Pakistan and the Unending War Paperback – January 18, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1860648984 ISBN-10: 1860648983 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris; 2nd edition (January 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860648983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860648984
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,226,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the dense information presented here cannot but be helpful to the interested observer." --Asian Voice

"...provides excellent context for understanding the continuing terrorist violence perpetuated by militants..." -- Foreign Affairs

Book Description

Why has the valley of Kashmir, famed for its beauty and tranquility, become a major flashpoint, threatening the stability of a region of great strategic importance to pose a nuclear threat for the entire world? This book examines the Kashmir conflict in its historical context, from the period when the valley was an independent kingdom right up to the struggles of the present day. Drawing upon research in India and Pakistan, as well as historical sources, this book traces the origins of the state in the 19th century, the controversial "sale" by the British of the predominantly Muslim valley to a Hindu Maharaja in 1846 and the 20th century clashes between Muslim and Hindu interests now culminating in the threat of a major war.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Creative on December 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly as the title leads you to believe. This is an excellent historical account of the facts done in a balanced and very readable way. It's a shame some of the reviews written here are very ignorant about this author. This author has clearly spent a lot of time in Kashmir and presents an accurate piece of work. One of the best non fiction books i have ever read. If you're thinking about reading this, stop thinking and pick it up!
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Victoria Schofield has written a very detailed history of the conflict in Kashmir between India-Pakistan going from before the British left into the George W. Bush presidency detailing the persons, organizations and events that have made the conflict in Kashmir so difficult to get a handle on. As a history, the book is meticulous and well written, but this also makes it a battle to slog through the relatively brief 259 pages. It took me several minutes just to slog through a page or two and then i'd lose track of who exactly people where or what events had precipitated y. As a history, it's top flight as a readable and understandable account of the conflict it loses a little something.
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14 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2004
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This was one of the books I used for for my dissertation and it was certainly among the most useful sources I came across. In this book, Schofield gives a succint history of the dispute and then vividly describes how it has evolved over the past half century while presenting a detailed analysis of the many wars fought on both the military and diplomatic fronts.
As an outsider and a neutral observer, Schofield very successfully presents a balanced viewpoint in describing both the Indian and Pakistani sides of the dispute. This, I felt, was very important because it is not common to come across a book on Kashmir which hasn't in any way been influenced by either side. Among the most important aspects of this book is the fact that Victoria Schofield has carried out a lot of field work research in Kashmir itself and gives a voice to the Kashmiri people, an extremely important source which is often ignored in similar research work carried out on Kashmir.
I recommend this book highly to anyone who wants to use it for academic research work.
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26 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2004
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Looking for historical facts about Kashmir? Look somewhere else.
Schofield completely ignores the history of the region that points an accusing finger towards islamic terrorism responsible for forcible conversion of Hindus and Buddhists to Islam.
She has not given importance to the fact that Pakistani terrorists tried to infltrate the region in 47 and then again in 65 but were beaten by the Indians.
She again ignores the curse of terrorism, Al Qaida and Taliban active in the valley today, all with the help of rogue elements in Pakistani army.
This book is certainly a good attempt at writing history of the troubled region but Pakistani terrorism is a part of this history. Thousands of people have been killed by these Pakistani terrorists. Lets not insult the dead by ignoring them.
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