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Shuja Nawaz is the author of Crossed Swords ( avg rating, ratings, 23 reviews, published ), Journeys ( avg rating, 8 ratings, 0 reviews. Crossed Swords. Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within. Shuja Nawaz. Oxford Pakistan Paperbacks. The definitive, inside story and historical. Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within is a book by Shuja Nawaz. It is a detailed study of the military’s involvement in the evolution of .

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A must read for those who want to understand the “democratic” system and the relationships of politicians with the powerful Pakistan Army.

The Journal of Military History. Oct 05, Umair Hashmi rated it liked it. Many fear that an undemocratic Pakistan fighting its many internal wars may become a ‘failed state’, with dire consequences for the volatile and strategic region of the world in which it resides. Comparative Matters Ran Hirschl. Enter the British Recommended to Amanullah by: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within

Umang rated it it was amazing Oct 17, A must read for students of Pakistan history. The US-Pakistan relationship is a long one and often filled with mutual distrust on both sides. Rich in sources; probably a good reference book; but only interesting where the author sheds his Military Establishment skin and expresses his own thoughts. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

Wars and Consequences Pakistan and its army are inseparable entities.

Crossed Swords | Shuja Nawaz

The result is a detailed and fascinating account of the army, in peace and in wartime, through the lens of one not actually part of the organisation, yet possessed of a thorough appreciation of its ethos.

Author has included historic facts never mentioned before. If anyone has crossde book in Pdf form, would you please share this book with me on this email address shakeelsharza gmail.


Zubair Ahmed rated it liked it Oct 29, Martial Law and the Search for Legitimacy Author’s grip over the history and his comprehension is excellent and is conveyed to the reader in an explicit manner I recommend th An excellent book. Oct 19, Mehtab Mumtaz rated it really liked it.

Jan 23, Khalid rated it really liked it Shelves: Rest is hush hush stuff which cannot be said.

Key Events – Pakistan and Its Army 2. The First Kashmir War Amazing in-depth analysis of Pakistan and its Army.

The Liberal Autocrat There are no discussion topics on this book yet. When shyja it regarded as corrupt and self-serving civilian politicians appeared to jeopardise the future, the army had little hesitation about intervention.

Shuja Nawaz (Author of Crossed Swords)

It all adds up to a great read. Nawaz dwells less on the corruption of the army itself, and there is too little, perhaps, on the excesses of the ISI, the military intelligence branch, but there is a full acknowledgement that the army’s interference in politics has actually stunted the democratic development of the country – a point often made by the late Benazir Bhutto.

Personally, this book is the single best source to gain valuable insights about the army and Pakistan. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

The proximity of its vast and often hostile neighbour, India, and the difficulties in establishing a representative democracy in a country so divided by region and ethnicity, meant that the Pakistan Army came to see itself shija the bastion of national survival.

Crossed Swords

The Pakistan Army has, as the title implies, featured prominently in the nation’s politics. Nawaz examines the army and Pakistan in ceossed peace and war.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Guardians of the Faith Preview — Crossed Swords by Shuja Nawaz. Sep 29, Amanullah rated it liked it Recommends it for: America Right or Wrong Anatol Lieven.


Although it is biased towards Pakistan, the author makes great effort to keep the narrative balanced and provides an honest self-assessment.

The swors is indeed a work of labour, detailed research work on Pak army and relations of politicians with the institute. Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within. The book is very well researched and written, however it needs to be read in conjunction with some others to reveal similarities and inconsistencies in military and political thought in Pakistan political landscape. Overall, a detailed account and great overview of the subject albeit a tough read with all the detail.

It is important to read books shjua as this to understand not how the army retains power, but to piece together a national psyche that guides Pakistan’s nation building. It has also provoked much street unrest within Pakistan, a country facing a hostile larger neighbour, India, and wracked by internal wars and insurrections, pitting linguistic, ethnic, and religious groups against each other and the state. The Army of the Raj Many of the incidents which were enigma to me before got clear after reading this book.

The only criticism I have is on the very last chapter of the book where the author criticized an institution with baseless arguments. Books by Shuja Nawaz.