Historical Dictionary of Bangladesh

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Scarecrow Press, Apr 27, 2010 - History - 510 pages
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Bangladesh (literally, the land of the Bengalis) is the most recent addition (in 1971) to the independent nations of South Asia. It had previously been known as East Pakistan, and prior to that it was part of British India. It has been inhabited by people of different races and religions and ruled over by different leaders who imposed different regimes. It is overpopulated and underdeveloped, but there is much more to it than that. Bangladesh has a long and oftentimes proud tradition: it has produced writers and artists of genius, and it is an important outpost of Islam. And, with a population of some 130 million, it is one of the larger countries in the world. The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of Bangladesh greatly expands on the previous edition through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 700 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, places, events, and institutions, as well as significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects.
  

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Contents

Editors Foreword
xi
Preface
xiii
Acronyms and Abbreviations
xv
Chronology
xix
Map
xxxi
Introduction
xxxiii
The Dictionary
1
Appendix 1 Rulers of Selected PreMuslim Dynasties in Bengal
297
Appendix 2 Muslim Rulers of Bengal
298
Appendix 3 Lieutenant Governors and Governorsof Bengal during the British Period
300
Appendix 4 Governors and Chief Ministersof East BengalEast Pakistan
301
Appendix 5 Principal Officers of theGovernment of Bangladesh 19712009
303
Appendix 6 Swadhinata Padak Independence Day AwardWinners 19772008
349
Bibliography
357
About the Author
441
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About the author (2010)

Syedur Rahman is retired director of international programs in the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University. He was president of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, 1998-2005.

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