The State of Martial Rule India Edition: The Origins of Pakistan's Political Economy of Defence

The State of Martial Rule India Edition: The Origins of Pakistan's Political Economy of Defence

ISBN: 052105950X

ISBN 13: 9780521059503

Publication Date: December 27, 2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Format: Paperback

Author: Ayesha Jalal

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When the British dismantled their Raj in 1947 India, as the 'successor' state, inherited the colonial unitary central apparatus whereas Pakistan, as the 'seceding' state, had no semblance of a central government. In The State of Martial Rule Ayesha Jalal analyses the dialectic between state construction and political processes in Pakistan in the first decade of the country's independence and convincingly demonstrates how the imperatives of the international system in the 'cold war' era combined with regional and domestic factors to mould the structure of the Pakistani state. The study concludes by placing the state and political developments in Pakistan since 1958 within a conceptual framework. It will be read by historians of South Asia and by students and specialists of comparative politics and political economy.

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