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Epicentre of Violence: Partition Voices and Memories from Amritsar

Ian Talbot (Editor) Darshan Singh Tatla (Editor)
Synopsis Through twenty-five first-hand accounts of those caught in the turmoil of Partition, this book provides us with a means to understanding the human dimension of the division of India in 1947. The interviews in this book were conducted in what was, in 1947, the epicenter of violence: the city of Amritsar, on the volatile border between India and Pakistan. The links of those interviewed with a single city provide unique insights into processes of migration and refugee resettlement, and lend a unity to the recollections that is rare in Partition literature. Even as each account possesses unique characteristics, various themes unite the oral testimonies: the suddenness of the uprooting, the belief that migration was only to be temporary, the sense that the violence was politically rather than culturally and religiously rooted.
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About the authors

Ian Talbot

Ian Talbot is Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at Coventry University. He has written extensively on the history of Colonial Punjab and the emergence of Pakistan. His most recent books include Pakistan: A Modern HIstory (1999)and Khizr Tiwana, the Punjab Unionist Party and the Partition of India (2002).

Darshan Singh Tatla

Darshan Singh Tatla has been an honorary research fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, Coventry University. He is a prolific author on Punjab history and the role of the diaspora.

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Bibliographic information

Title Epicentre of Violence: Partition Voices and Memories from Amritsar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178241319
length vii+234p., Plates; Bibliography; 23cm.