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At the Crosscurrent of History

Lawrence Ziring

This controversial book explores one nation’s journey from the margins of history to the centre of the world stage. Tracing the development of the country from its birth in 1947 to the present day, Ziring explores how a country once envisaged as a secular model for the Muslim world has been gripped by a form of radical Islamic fundamentalism. Focusing on the links between what is going on within Pakistan and its relationships with key foreign powers such as the US, this unique account portrays an unstable nation locked in a myriad of struggles.

  • Publication date: November 15, 2005
  • ISBN: 9781851683949
  • RRP: £14.99
  • Pages: 400


"This engrossing story of Pakistan is subtitled 'At the Crosscurrent of History' - a telling summation of the Country's current situation."
"A breath of fresh air. Ziring is both persuasive and passionate in his arguments and interpretations and believes in the promise of Pakistan's potential."
International Journal of Middle East Studies
" Eminently readable, especially for the lay audience looking to acquaint itself with the country that is playing such an important role in world politics and the fight against terrorism."
'Ziring wanted to produce " a quick read, a book that could be read as one would read a story rather than a scholarly tract ". He has succeeded, and scholars and the general public will find his book a useful political science analysis of Pakistan's history.'
Journal of Asian Studies
" Ziring presents a detailed historical account of Pakistan's development. It is a fluent story of high drama, lofty ideals and gross corruption."

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