University academic Dr Ian Talbot has just published a new book charting the development
of Pakistan as a nation since it was founded as a separate state in 1947.
Pakistan: A Modern History, provides a detailed analysis of the problems
that have beset Pakistan since its chaotic birth. Dr Talbot examines how authoritarianism
has repeatedly triumphed over democracy, looks at the so-called second
Partition, the founding of Bangladesh in 1971, and brings events right up to date by
examining the collapse of Benazir Bhuttos two governments.
Dr Talbots book has been published simultaneously in Britain, the USA, India and
Pakistan, and is the culmination of three years research, including a year long
sabbatical funded by The British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
Dr Talbot has published numerous other works on both Pakistan and Punjab history and
politics, and is Director of Coventry Universitys Centre for South Asian Studies.
Pakistan: A Modern History is published by Hurst and Co and by the Oxford
University Press in Delhi, India.