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The Warrior's Curse: What Decolonization Teaches Us About Democracy Promotion and Ethnic Conflict

Subhasish Ray
University of Rochester. Dept. of Political Science

This study examines the hazards of democracy promotion in multi-ethnic societies. I begin by developing a simple formal model, which isolates the main features of the strategic context of democracy promotion that can trigger ethnic conflict. The key intuition of the model is that democracy promotion creates a commitment problem between ethnic majorities and minority groups that are demographically over-represented in the coercive forces of the authoritarian regime that has been removed to install democracy.

Decolonization and the Struggle for National Liberation in India (1909–1971): Historical, Political, Economic, Religious and Architectural Aspects

Thierry Di Costanzo
Guillaume Ducœur
Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften

The 1947 Partition, War, and Internment

Kavita Daiya
Cambridge University Press

Ends of British Imperialism: The Scramble for Empire, Suez, and Decolonization

William Roger Louis
I.B. Tauris

The Terror of Decolonization: Exploring French India’s “Goonda Raj”

Jessica Namakkal
Taylor and Francis Online

Abstract: The colonial archives are filled with documents detailing incidents of arson, beatings, shootings, robberies and harassment that occurred along the contours of the numerous borders that separated French India from India following the departure of the British in 1947. The framing of these years as a period of terror wrought by “goondas” covered an underlying anxiety about the future of the nation-state and national citizenship at the moment of decolonization.

Nation Misplaced: Film, Time and Space in South Asian Decolonization

Nandini Bhattacharya
Taylor and Francis Online

Abstract: Histories and aesthetics of space intersected in South Asian decolonization. The contest for space has continued to be reflected in South Asian cinema from the 1950s to the present. Spatial politics and the aestheticization of spaces both reflect current politics and urban policies and also glance back at colonial and postcolonial histories of national fragmentation and nation-formation.

Self and Sovereignty: Individual and Community in South Asian Islam Since 1850

Ayesha Jalal
Routledge India

Scars of Partition: Postcolonial Legacies in French and British Borderlands

William F.S. Miles
University of Nebraska Press

Production of Postcolonial India and Pakistan: Meanings of Partition

Ted Svensson

Borders and Conflict in South Asia: The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Partition of Punjab

Lucy P. Chester
Manchester University Press