Historical Dictionary of Pakistan: History,
Political System, Economy, Social and Cultural Conditions
Since its creation in 1947, Pakistan has repeatedly been in
the news due to its frequent and turbulent internal upheavals which include
military coups, internal dissension, and economic successes and setbacks.
Pakistan has also been involved in its share of dramatic external events; the
countryís partition, its wars with India, the Afghan resistance, to name a few.
Given its size and location, Pakistan plays an important role both in South Asia
and in the Islamic world. Thus, events in Pakistan can have a very significant
impact in the region and sometimes farther afield.
These facts undergrid the value of the Historical
Dictionary of Pakistan. The book reaches back into history to explain how
and why Pakistan was founded; it sheds light on the countryís economy and
political system; it provides insight into its social and cultural conditions;
it profiles the sometimes towering figures who have led the country. And it does
so through concise and informative entries organised in an easy-to-refer A-to-Z
format. The information packed in the dictionary is placed in context by a
chronology and the authorís over-arching introduction. A rich bibliography
offers guidance to those seeking more detailed information on different aspects
Written by a Pakistani economist and scholar with an
intimate knowledge of the country, Historical Dictionary of Pakistan is a
terrific ready-reference resource for scholars and students, political
scientists and political commentators, journalists, diplomats and regional
analysts, general public of South Asia and the travellers to the region,
offering them solid background to better understand contemporary Pakistan.
Shahid Javed Burki
shahid javed burki
has graduate degrees in physics and economics from Punjab, Oxford, and Harvard universities. He went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and to Harvard as a Mason Fellow. Burki joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1960. His assignments in Pakistan included chief economist of West Pakistan, and economic advisor, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan. He also worked as a senior research fellow at Harvardís Center for International Affairs and the Harvard Institute for International Development.
Burki joined the World Bank in 1974. Among the positions he held at the World Bank were director of the China Department and vice president of Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1997-98 he returned to Pakistan to serve as minister in charge of finance planning and economic affairs in the interim government.
Burki has written several books on China, Pakistan, and human development.