This book presents the major events, people, and traditions that have shaped Pakistan.""A Brief History of Pakistan"" presents a concise yet thorough account of this land whose past as a birthplace of civilization is as important to world history as is its pivotal place in contemporary geopolitics. Coverage includes the dramatic events, notable people, and special customs and traditions that have shaped this country. By illuminating the nation's past, this book gives readers a detailed perspective of Pakistan today and enables them to intelligently consider how it might change in the future.Coverage includes: The land and its people; The Indus Valley Civilization; The Vedic Age in Pakistan; The Mogul Period; British rule; The struggle for independence; Partition; Civilian and military rule; Islamization of Pakistan; Pakistan under Pervez Musharraf; Relations with the United States, India, and Afghanistan; Pakistan's nuclear weapons program; and, Secular/Islamic tensions.
James Wynbrandt is the author of A Brief History of Saudi Arabia for Facts On File and Checkmark Books. As a journalist, his work has appeared in the The New York Times, Management Review, Forbes, Smithsonian Air & Space, and many other national publications. He lives in New York City. Fawaz A. Gerges holds the Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global and Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Milltancy. Gerges is a senior analyst for ABC television news. He lives in northern New Jersey.