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India: A History
John Keay
0802137970
April 2001
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Book Review
The history of what is now India stretches back thousands of years, further than that of nearly any other region on earth. Yet, observes historian John Keay, most historical work on India concentrates on the period after the arrival of Europeans, with predictable biases, distortions, and misapprehensions. One, for example, is the tendency to locate the source of social conflict in India's many religions--to which Keay retorts, "Historically, it was Europe, not India, which consistently made religion grounds for war."

Taking the longest possible view, Keay surveys what is both provable and invented in the historical record. His narrative begins in 3000 B.C., with the complex, and little-understood, Harappan period, a time of state formation and the development of agriculture and trade networks. This period coincides with...



Breaking Ships
Roland Buerk
1596090367
March 28, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
BBC correspondent Buerk takes the Upton Sinclair route to chronicling the six-month process of disassembling a 38,000-ton oil tanker on the beaches of Bangladesh. He's sympathetic toward workers' plights (the work, as readers are constantly reminded, is backbreaking, and the slums are wretched) and disdainful of the fatcats who, "even in the low season, do well." Each worker profiled is worse off than the previous, though all are ensnared in a relentless cycle of poverty, while wealthy merchants chuckle and talk on cell phones as they bid on materials salvaged from the ships (by bleeding, sweating workers who earn a dollar a day). Buerk's picked a fascinating subject, but readers may be put off by his soapboxing.Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. ...


The Rishi of Bangladesh
Cosimo Zene
0700715215
Aug 2002
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Book Description
This book is a study of the changing relationship over time (1856-1994) between the Rishi, an ex-Untouchable jati of Bengal/South-West Bangladesh, and various groups of Catholic missionaries. The book's originality and importance lies in its multi-disciplinary approach, which combines anthropological fieldwork, historical research, philosophical enquiry and contemporary missiological debates. Moreover, it addresses issues of great current relevance in its discussions of Orientalism, Neo-colonialism and Otherness.


Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
Muhammad Yunus
1586481983
October 2003
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It began with a simple $27 loan. After witnessing the cycle of poverty that kept many poor women enslaved to high-interest loan sharks in Bangladesh, Dr. Muhammad Yunus lent money to 42 women so they could purchase bamboo to make and sell stools. In a short time, the women were able to repay the loans while continuing to support themselves and their families. With that initial eye-opening success, the seeds of the Grameen Bank, and the concept of microcredit, were planted.

After earning a Ph.D. in economics at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Yunus returned to Bangladesh to settle into a life as a professor. But a famine in 1974 ravaged the country, leading Dr. Yunus to alter his thinking and his life profoundly: "What good were all my complex theories when people were dying of starvation on the sidewalks and porches across...



Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
Muhammad Yunus, Alan Jolis
1891620118
June 1, 1999
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Book Review
It began with a simple $27 loan. After witnessing the cycle of poverty that kept many poor women enslaved to high-interest loan sharks in Bangladesh, Dr. Muhammad Yunus lent money to 42 women so they could purchase bamboo to make and sell stools. In a short time, the women were able to repay the loans while continuing to support themselves and their families. With that initial eye-opening success, the seeds of the Grameen Bank, and the concept of microcredit, were planted.

After earning a Ph.D. in economics at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Yunus returned to Bangladesh to settle into a life as a professor. But a famine in 1974 ravaged the country, leading Dr. Yunus to alter his thinking and his life profoundly: "What good were all my complex theories when people were dying of starvation on the sidewalks and porches across...



Floods in Bangladesh
Thomas Hofer
9280811215
June 2006
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The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj
David Gilmour
0374283540
February 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
How much do we really know about the lives of the British in imperial India? Gilmour's deftly organized, encyclopedic account of the day-to-day existence of the members of the Indian Civil Service (ICS) upends the view of the British rulers as tyrannical, racist philistines, an image born out of such works as E.M. Forster's A Passage to India and advanced strenuously since postcolonial studies emerged in the 1970s. Gilmour, author of highly regarded biographies of Rudyard Kipling and Lord Curzon, assembles a wealth of light, amusing anecdotes on an astounding range of topics concerning the members of the ICS, including their college days, bad habits, job duties, gripes about the weather and courtship practices. Though lacking in analysis, the sympathetic general portrait gives a good insider's view of how these...


Basket Of Bangles, A
Ginger Howard (Author), Cheryl Kirk Noll
0761319026
April 1, 2002
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-Through fictional characters, Howard shows how five poor, uneducated women get a bank loan and start a business in Bangladesh. Their perseverance is admirable, and the similarities and contrasts between opportunities in the U.S. and those in this nation would certainly lend themselves to discussion. Illustrations show the five friends as they go about their work, against a backdrop of the countryside and village. A brief but succinct explanation of various questions readers might ask is included at the end of the book. The intended audience is questionable; while the book is written on a very simple reading level, the concepts and required background knowledge are for an older age group. Unless one's library has ample funds, this is not a necessary purchase.Alida F. Given, Fairhope Intermediate...


Bangladesh: The Next Afghanistan
Hiranmay Karlekar
0761934014
January 1, 2006
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Book Description
In recent years, Bangladesh has experienced an alarming rise in Islamist fundamentalism. The world began to take serious notice of this after the grenade attack on the Awami League’s rally in Dhaka on August 21, 2004 almost succeeded in killing off the entire top leadership of the party. This book shows that terrorist acts such as this are part of a systematic attempt to destroy Bangladesh’s secular and democratic political parties, as well as its vibrant intellectual and cultural life, and to convert the country into a hardline Islamic one. The author further argues that the headquarters of Islamic terrorism is shifting from Afghanistan to Bangladesh, which he describes as a ‘soft’ state with an ineffective government and police force, and which Islamist groups, with their organized and...


The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank
David Bornstein
0195187490
November 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Described by its founder, Muhammad Yunus, as a "socially conscious capitalist enterprise," the much-lauded Grameen Bank in Bangladesh seems to be one of the Third World's brightest success stories. By viewing poor people as potential entrepreneurs, the bank has helped village people, especially women, to better their lives in small but significant ways. Bornstein, a Canadian journalist based in New York City, provides an episodic, sometimes choppy portrait of Grameen, Yunus and some of the people whose lives have been affected by the bank. Bornstein's portrait isn't all rosy, however. He hedgingly describes conflicting opinions on whether the bank, which receives significant amounts of grants and low-cost loans, could survive on its own. And, since many American organizations have been studying Grameen, he...


Banker to the Poor : The Autobiography of Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank
Muhammad Yunus, Alan Jolis
0195795377
May 1, 2001
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Book Description
This book is an autobiographical account of the founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus. This work is a fundamental rethinking of the economic relationship between the rich and the poor, as well as their rights and obligations.


Bangladesh
Mariam Whyte
076140869X
January 1999
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9Working within the series format, Heale and Whyte illustrate the striking difference an authors attitude can make. Both books cover the geography, history, government, economy, people, lifestyle, religion, language, arts and leisure, festivals, and food of the individual country. Each page includes an illustration, usually a full-color photograph, and each volume includes both a political and physical map of the country and quick facts. Both describe poor countries with a history of civil war and political instability. However, the condescending tone in Congo is reminiscent of accounts from the colonial period. Heale notices what a foreigner might notice: the country has some of the worst roads in the world, high humidity that can make visitors feel dizzy and sick, and quotes an 1887 visitor about...


The Hungry Tide
Amitav Ghosh
0618329978
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. One doesn't so much read Ghosh's masterful fifth novel as inhabit his characters and the alluring if treacherous Sundarban archipelago, "the ragged fringe of [India's] sari," where it is set. The author's nuanced descriptions of the moods and microenvironments of the islands serve as a lush backdrop for an intricate narrative that moves fluidly between past and present. Hoping to make her mark in the cetological world, Piyali Roy, an Indian-American marine biologist, travels across the Sundarbans in search of the once plentiful Irrawaddy dolphin. Piyali befriends both an illiterate fisherman, Fokir, who leads her to a dolphin-rich river enclave, and a successful interpreter, Kanai Dutt, who has arrived in the region from New Delhi to retrieve his deceased uncle Nirmal's journal. Through Nirmal, a...


Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Richard Grimmett, et al
0691049106
November 8, 1999
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From the snowcapped Himalayas and the Indus valley, to the Ganges delta and the Sri Lankan forests, the Indian subcontinent is home to 13% of the world's species of birds and thousands of birders and ecotourists flock to the area every year. This field guide will be indispensable to those who wish to find and identify the many species of avifauna of the Indian subcontinent and environs.

Featuring more than 150 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India, it depicts all the known species in the region, ranging from the Himalayan Snowcock in the north to the Sri Lanka Spurfowl in the south. The plates include all relevant identifiable subspecies, as well as ages and sexes. It contains hundreds of range maps and the succinct text on the facing pages covers identification, voice, and distribution....



A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
0674177649
January 1999
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From Library Journal
In recent years, a growing body of literary and historical scholarship has explored the complex relationship of Western elite culture to the postcolonial societies of the Southern hemisphere. Spivak, a prominent literary theorist based at Columbia University, is widely known for her sophisticated deconstructive approach to questions of feminism, North-South relations, and the politics of subaltern studies. This book is based on a number of her published essays, including the influential 1988 article "Can the Subaltern Speak?" Spivak focuses on the relationship of debates in philosophy, history, and literature to the emergence of a postcolonial problematic. Overall, she seeks to distance herself from mainstream postcolonial literature and to reassert the value of earlier theorists such as Kant and Marx. Readers...


God Willing : The Politics of Islamism in Bangladesh
Ali Riaz
074253085X
May 28, 2004
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Is Bangladesh becoming a Taliban state? The question has become urgent in light of the growing strength of militant groups supposedly aligned with Al Quaida, the landslide victory of the center-right coalition in the general election of October 2001, and the deliberate and planned violence against religious minorities that followed. God Willing explores the explosive issue of Talibanization by analyzing the politics of Islamism in the world's third most populous Muslim country. Ali Riaz helps the reader to understand the emergence of Islamism as a legitimate democratic political in a largely secular state, as opposed to the media's sensational portrayal of Bangladesh as a country overrun by Islamist forces with a supranational agenda. The author compares Bangladesh with Indonesia and Pakistan, thus adding a valuable...


Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture
Sharon Zukin
0415950430
January 2003
Textbook Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
'We shop therefore we are' seems to be the conclusion of this homage to the great American pastime. Rather than pass judgment on our shopping compulsion, Zukin, an endowed chair of sociology at the City University of New York, provides a historical and analytical context to help readers understand how shopping has affected public and private life from the mid-19th century to today. Zukin's 1995 book, The Cultures of Cities, described her experiences growing up in one of Philadelphia's retail neighborhoods and examined how other shopping districts, like 125th Street in Harlem and Fulton Street in Brooklyn, had gone through significant racial changes. Here she dissects shopping culture at large, from eBay and the Internet to the death of Woolworth's and the birth of WalMart. Well researched and thorough, the book...


Bangladesh: History and Culture (South Asian Studies)
S. R. Chakravarty, Virendra Narain (Editor)
8170030617


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Needless Hunger: Voices from a Bangladesh Village
Betsy Hartmann
093502803X
January 1993
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Why is a country with some of the world's most fertile land also the home of so many hungry people? The authors of Needless Hunger spent two years in Bangladesh investigating the paradox of hunger in a "basketcase" country which actually produces enough grain for its people already. Boyce and Hartmann, Bengali-speaking anthropologists, not only trace the history and structure of Bangladesh society, they also draw us into the daily lives of the people of Katni, the village where they lived. "There is no natural barrier to the satisfaction of the basic human needs of Bangladesh's people," they conclude. "But there is the man-made barrier of a social order which benefits a few at the expense of the many." The foreign aid which pours into the country actually entrenches the very elite which keeps the majority powerless...


The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives (Cambridge World Encyclopedias)
Francis Robinson (Editor)
0521334519


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From Library Journal
A compendium of social science and humanistic information on South Asia presented in an intelligent and beautifully illustrated volume. The book is organized into major divisions of land, peoples, history, economics, religions, society, and culture. Robinson brilliantly coordinates the contributions of 70 Indic authorities from India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. From one author to another, the prose is consistent, has little overlap, and is richly illustrated with maps, figures, and tables. Each article is from four to six pages in length and is followed by a brief list of readings which are up to date and represent the best available studies. Despite the conflicts present in the area's history, politics, and religion, the treatment of each is balanced. This reference tool is the best availabe...


Bangladesh
Ellen London
0836831071
December 2003
Hardcover
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