- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (March 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465021808
- ISBN-13: 978-0465021802
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Midnight's Descendants: A History of South Asia since Partition 1st Edition
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In 1947, exhausted by two world wars, Britain decided to relinquish its imperial control in South Asia, including the subcontinent of India. The successor states that emerged from partition and independence include India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. This is a huge geographic area, and its combined population will soon account for 25 percent of humanity. Keay, a historian specializing in Asia, has written an ambitious, wide-ranging study of these states since partition, which he clearly regards as a disaster for both South Asia and the world. According to him, it has resulted in two nuclear-armed states, India and Pakistan, chronically locked in a deadly embrace, while both Islamic and Hindu fundamentalists fan the fires of discord. In the wake of British withdrawal, other ethnic and linguistic tensions have emerged, particularly in Sri Lanka but also within the border regions of India. Still, all is not bleak, as an educated elite within each of these nations is leading the drive toward modernization. This is a well-done examination of a vibrant, dangerous, but promising region. --Jay Freeman
"[A] solid new history."―New York Times
"[Midnight's Descendants] provides fresh insight regarding a region that holds potential for immense economic growth and devastating conflict, with serious implications for U.S. interests."―Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"[Midnight's Descendants] provides a useful examination of the past and a hopeful projection of the future."―Dallas Morning News
"A concise, competent account of the events leading up to and following the pivotal moment of partition"―Washington Times
"Keay is a skilful and objective guide through the subsequent maze of triumphs, disasters, misjudgments, failures and successes that have produced today's five precariously stable and currently democratic states....[A] knowledgeable, elegantly written and broadly dispassionate history."―Tablet (UK)
"[A] vivid, thoughtful and not terribly optimistic history.... An insightful, entirely engrossing account of a dysfunctional region that may or may not pull itself together."―Kirkus, starred review
"An ambitious, wide-ranging study of these states since partition....This is a well-done examination of a vibrant, dangerous, but promising region."―Booklist
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Martin O. Heisler, Professor Emeritus of Government and Politics, University of Maryland