Saikia 2011 Women

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Author: Yasmin Saikia

Title: Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh

Subtitle: Remembering 1971

Place: Durham, NC

Publisher: Duke University Press

Year: 2011

Pages: 336pp.

ISBN-13: 9780822350217 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780822350385 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Bangladeshi History, Pakistani History | Types: Wartime Rape / Bangladesh Liberation War

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Author: Yasmin Saikia, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University


  Preface (p. ix)
  Acknowledgments (p. xv)
  Glossary of Terms (p. xix)
  Part I: Introducing 1971
  1. The Told and Untold Stories of 1971 (p. 3)
  2. Creating the History of 1971 (p. 34)
  Part II: Survivors Speak
  3. Victims' Memories (p. 109)
  4. Women's Services (p. 158)
  5. Women's War (p. 186)
  Part III: A New Beginning
  Postscript: Lessons of Violence (p. 215)
  Notes (p. 243)
  References (p. 279)
  Index (p. 299)

Description: »Fought between India and what was then East and West Pakistan, the war of 1971 led to the creation of Bangladesh, where it is remembered as the War of Liberation. For India, the war represents a triumphant settling of scores with Pakistan. If the war is acknowledged in Pakistan, it is cast as an act of betrayal by the Bengalis. None of these nationalist histories convey the human cost of the war. Pakistani and Indian soldiers and Bengali militiamen raped and tortured women on a mass scale. In Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh, survivors tell their stories, revealing the power of speaking that deemed unspeakable. They talk of victimization—of rape, loss of status and citizenship, and the “war babies” born after 1971. The women also speak as agents of change, as social workers, caregivers, and wartime fighters. In the conclusion, men who terrorized women during the war recollect their wartime brutality and their postwar efforts to achieve a sense of humanity. Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh sheds new light on the relationship among nation, history, and gender in postcolonial South Asia.« [Source: Duke University Press]

Interview: Heineman, Elizabeth. »Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971.« New Books in Gender Studies (2011).


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