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Political Science Diplomacy

The West and the Birth of Bangladesh

Foreign Policy in the Face of Mass Atrocity

by (author) Richard Pilkington

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2021
Category
Diplomacy, Middle Eastern, History & Theory
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774862004
    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
    $99.00
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774861977
    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
    $89.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774861984
    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
    $32.95

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In 1971, authorities in West Pakistan, now Pakistan, perpetrated mass atrocities in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. The West and the Birth of Bangladesh explores responses in Washington, Ottawa, and London during the crucial first months of the crisis, investigating the debates and policies pursued. The United States favoured appeasement of Islamabad. Canada was unwilling to hazard bilateral ties with Pakistan. The UK showed greater willingness to coerce Islamabad into ending its oppression. This insightful book reveals how, even as human rights movements began to emerge in the West, government actors there remained too preoccupied with national interests to take firm action during the crisis.

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Contributor Notes

Richard Pilkington is an independent scholar of genocide studies and US foreign relations, and has taught at both the University of Toronto and Concordia University, Montreal. He has published articles in the Journal of Genocide Research and the Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity.