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A Political History of Pakistan
Taught by: Philip Oldenburg

Description
E-Seminar Description
Professor Philip Oldenburg, a leading scholar of South Asian culture and history, unravels the story of Pakistan, delving into the tumultuous past of this Muslim nation. Carefully examining its struggle to establish a national identity throughout the half-century of its existence, he narrates Pakistan's history from the viewpoint of its Muslim-majority population while also explaining the perspectives of those nations with whom Pakistan has been at war.

Professor Oldenburg looks at the roots of the formation of Pakistan in 1947, at its effort to redefine itself as a Middle Eastern rather than a South Asian state, and at its complex history of conflict with India and Bangladesh, the new nation that was formed out of territory that was once Pakistan.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading |
Additional Information |Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Learn about the complexities surrounding Pakistan and why it has endured despite the threat of war and internal political strife.

•    Gain an understanding of the geopolitics of South Asia.

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Outline
1. Why Pakistan?
2. External Security
3. Internal Order
4. Failure in the 1950s
5. The Election of 1970
6. Challenges of the New Pakistan
7. 1979
8. The Wealthy 1980s
9. Disintegration in the 1990s
10. 1999
11. A Failed State?

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Philip Oldenburg is Associate Director of the Southern Asian Institute and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has specialized in the politics of South Asia, with a focus on local government elections and institutions in India, since his first trip to India in 1964–65. He taught full-time at Columbia (1977–90), and as a visitor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago. His publications on Pakistan include "The Breakup of Pakistan" in The Regional Imperative: The Administration of U.S. Foreign Policy Towards South Asian States under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, by Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne H. Rudolph et al. (New Delhi: Concept Publishing, 1980); and "'A Place Insufficiently Imagined': Language, Belief, and the Pakistan Crisis of 1971," Journal of Asian Studies 44, no. 4 (1985). He has edited or coedited nine volumes of the Asia Society's India Briefing series (1988–2002).

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Recommended Reading
Baxter, Craig, and Charles H. Kennedy, eds. Pakistan 2000. Karachi, Pakistan: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Burki, Shahid Javed. Pakistan: Fifty Years of Nationhood. 3d ed. Boulder: Westview, 1999.

Rizvi, Hasan-Askari. Military, State, and Society in Pakistan. New York: St. Martin's, 2000.

Talbot, Ian. Pakistan: A Modern History. New York: St. Martin's, 1998.

Talbot, Ian. India & Pakistan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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Additional Information
Who should take this course? Students of South Asia, the Middle East, political science, life-long learners, and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of current events.

Reading assignments: There are no required reading assignments in this course, though Professor Oldenburg has recommended several books for those who wish to pursue the course topics further.

Taking the seminar: The content of this seminar is delivered entirely on the Internet. You may access this content and participate in discussions at any time during which the course is open. There are no set times you must be online.


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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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