The first modern history of all South Asiaâ€™s peoples. If British India had not been partitioned in 1947, its population would today be the worldâ€™s largest. At c1.5 billion, Midnightâ€™s Descendants (the offspring of those affected by â€˜the midnight hourâ€™ Partition) already outnumber Europeans and Chinese; and they are growing faster than either. They comprise all the peoples of what is now called â€˜South Asiaâ€™ (the preferred term for the partitioned subcontinent of modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, plus Nepal and Sri Lanka). â€˜Midnightâ€™s Descendantsâ€™ is the first history of the region as a whole. Correlating and contrasting the fortunes of all the constituent nations over the last six decades affords unique insights into what is hailed as one of the worldâ€™s most dynamic regions. John Keay is an expert on the region and the book will be the first account to incorporate the rich story of South Asiaâ€™s transnational, or â€˜diasporicâ€™, peoples â€“ from the overlooked narratives of the subcontinent to the rise of India as a global force, â€˜Midnightâ€™s Descendantsâ€™ will be expansive and tumultuous in the great tradition of Indiaâ€™s narrative epics.
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