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Uprising in Pakistan

How to Bring Down a Dictatorship

Tariq Ali



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01 July 2018
The story of what happened in 1968 in Pakistan is often forgotten, but is yet another proof that the revolutionary moment was global. In that year, following a long period of tumult, a radical coalition - led by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto - brought down the military presidency of Ayub Khan. Students took on the state apparatus of a corrupt and decaying military dictatorship backed by the US. They were joined by workers, lawyers, white-collar employees, and despite the severe repression, they took hold of power. Through a series of strikes, demonstrations and political organising a popular uprising was born. In his riveting account of these events, first written in 1970, Tariq Ali offers an eyewitness perspective on history, showing that this powerful popular movement was the only successful moment of the 1960s revolutionary wave. The victory led to the very first democratic election in the country and the unexpected birth of a new state, Bangladesh.
By:   Tariq Ali
Imprint:   Verso
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781786635372
ISBN 10:   1786635372
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   01 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tariq Ali has written more than two-dozen books on world history and politics-the most recent of which are The Clash of Fundamentalisms, The Obama Syndrome and The Extreme Centre-as well as the novels of his Islam Quintet and scripts for the stage and screen. He is a long-standing member of the editorial committee of New Left Review and lives in London.

Reviews for Uprising in Pakistan: How to Bring Down a Dictatorship

Provides an excellent account of the Ayub regime and of the 1968-69 rising. --Fred Halliday, New Left Review

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