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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Bangladesh is a new name for an old land whose history is little known to the wider world. A country chiefly famous in the West for media images of poverty, underdevelopment, and natural disasters, Bangladesh did not exist as an independent state until Willem van Schendel's history reveals the country's vibrant, colourful past and its diverse culture as it navigates Bangladesh is a new name for an old land whose history is little known to the wider world.
Willem van Schendel's history reveals the country's vibrant, colourful past and its diverse culture as it navigates the extraordinary twists and turns that have created modern Bangladesh. The story begins with the early geological history of the delta which has decisively shaped Bangladesh society. The narrative then moves chronologically through the era of colonial rule, the partition of Bengal, the war with Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh as an independent state.
In so doing, it reveals the forces that have made Bangladesh what it is today. This is an eloquent introduction to a fascinating country and its resilient and inventive people.
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Sort order. Start your review of A History of Bangladesh. This very accessible history of Bangladesh revealed to me a world about which I was very ignorant. My appetite whetted, I am eager to learn more. Feb 19, Awendt06 rated it really liked it. I read this while I was on a long trip to Bangladesh and it helped me understand some of the historical context for what was happening around me in Dhaka and the villages.
A great read to get a broad slice of Bangladesh history and a great starting point for those seeking to learn more about this vibrant and complex country. View all 3 comments. Aug 10, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: this-book-lives-on , global. Willem van Schendel, apnake onek dhonnobad! This book is a holistic and concise presentation of the important factors shaping Bangladesh today, which one will encounter if one goes there: every paragraph, almost every sentence really, gives me the means to more deeply understand the background behind the stories, articles, posters, and films I read and saw, and of course the conversations I had, during my two years' time there, without going to specialized sources.
My only complaint is that it w Willem van Schendel, apnake onek dhonnobad! My only complaint is that it wasn't around long enough for me to find before I went to Bangladesh for the first time in View 2 comments. May 21, Anders rated it it was amazing. A very convincing case for further study of Bangladesh, this book is a spot-on summary of the various threads of current scholarship on this fascinating country.
Solidly researched and impeccably argued, by only critique would be that the book is organized too neatly and things seem more cut-and-dry than they really are. A great building block. Dec 20, Paul Smith rated it really liked it. Bangladesh is a young and slightly mad state founded upon a broad collection of intertwined and frequently unfortunate histories. It's a country you can't help but admire, if it will only stand still long enough for you to get to grips with it. There's no reason why a Dutchman shouldn't have a bash at making sense of it all, and Van Schendel speaks with authority - if he doesn't know his stuff, I don't know who does.
Colonialism, the East India Company, partition, war with Pakistan, floods, famin Bangladesh is a young and slightly mad state founded upon a broad collection of intertwined and frequently unfortunate histories. Colonialism, the East India Company, partition, war with Pakistan, floods, famine - it's all here, along with a geographic history of the region and a linear account of contemporary Bangladeshi tribulations.
Perhaps it gets a bit Lonely Planet at times, but Van Schendel understands that his job is to hack through a seething mass of source material and present a coherent work at the end of it, and he does this well. If you're planning to visit this fascinating country, you can't go far wrong with this book. In fact, you can't go far wrong even if you're not planning to visit it, although it will make you wish that you were.
Very prim and tight, this conspectus of the history of the Bengal delta is magnificently confident and feels very useful. Sep 14, Vrouw To rated it really liked it. Informative but not heavy, perfect for a first glimpse and to get an idea of your more particular interests and where to look for more information on those subjects.
Great visual material, too. Oct 11, Robert Cooke rated it it was amazing. I happen to be travelling through Bangladesh now and this book was a great primer on the history of the country, culture and people. It's perfect introduction for a layman. Mar 26, Zahidul Hossain Choyan rated it really liked it Shelves: history , nonfiction. I liked the extensive description of the origin of Bengal and it's people. Although the whole book was from a bird eye view and touched a lots of topics.
Of course it isn't possible to be politically correct in a book of such capacity. I liked his writing style which is very simple, easy for a non-english spoken reader. May 12, Tasnim Rifat rated it did not like it. Mar 15, Andrea rated it it was amazing.
While working in Bangladesh for 6 weeks, this book gave my a great insight into the local history and culture. Reading it opened a new world of conversations in Bangladesh for me, especially with older Bangladeshis who can share so much about their own experiences in this unique country. Mar 13, Jacob Mardell rated it it was amazing. My job is essentially travelling and researching different countries' engagement with china - I only really have time for one history book, so I like a real introductory history that gives me a feel for a place and provides necessary context in as general a way as possible, in as fewer words as possible.
This book did what I wanted it to do really well, hence the four stars. The text boxes feel a bit school bookish at first, but they do the job of making this book about Bangladesh in as general My job is essentially travelling and researching different countries' engagement with china - I only really have time for one history book, so I like a real introductory history that gives me a feel for a place and provides necessary context in as general a way as possible, in as fewer words as possible.
The text boxes feel a bit school bookish at first, but they do the job of making this book about Bangladesh in as general way as possible, rather than being a simple run through the timeline. Compared to other histories I've read, there's an emphasis on key takeaways and implications of events, rather than dates and names, which I like.
It's entertaining, well written, and I found it a lot easier to pick up than most histories. Like I said, I know nothing about Bangladesh well, a little now , but the author strikes me as someone who has a meaningful, textured understanding of the country.
Jul 21, Lipon Sarker rated it liked it. Nun rated it it was amazing May 14, Nadir rated it it was amazing May 03, Kazi rated it it was amazing Dec 07, Gaurav Agarwal rated it really liked it May 20, Seth Bouchelle rated it really liked it Jul 15, Anik rated it really liked it May 06, Thomas rated it liked it Dec 27, Zoheb Mashiur rated it really liked it Feb 24,
A History of Bangladesh