Anyone who is planning on carrying out research in South Asia or indeed anyone who simply wishes to understand more about this cultural heartland should read this book. It shows how geological movements moulded the land of this unique cradle and how they still impact on it. Discussions are woven around the three major forces of integration. These are 'identitive' forces - bonds of language, ethnicity, religion or ideology; 'utilitarian' forces - bonds of common material interest, and 'coercion' - the institutional use or threat of physical violence. By studying these forces, Professor Chapman shows how the organization of territory has been central to the region's historic, cultural, linguistic and economic development. In addition to the material on the Northwest frontier, Afghanistan and Kashmir which was added for the second edition, the Northeastern borderlands are also now examined in this fully revised third edition. The current geopolitical state of the region is completely updated and greatly enhanced.

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Part I Introduction

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Part II The British Raj

chapter 5|24 pages

Securing the Empire

chapter 6|28 pages

A New Geography: A New Economy

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Part III The Successor States

chapter 8|16 pages

Divide and Quit

chapter 9|22 pages

New Lines on the Map

chapter 10|12 pages

From Two to Three: The Birth of Bangladesh

chapter 12|22 pages

The Forgotten Sisters: India’s Northeast

chapter 13|22 pages

The Power Upstream

chapter 14|32 pages

The Greater Game

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Part IV Conclusions

chapter 15|20 pages

States and Region in South Asia