Pakistan-Bangladesh Civil War of 1971: A classic civil war or a genocide of Bengalis by West Pakistani troops? How the psychology of the times led to rash accusations The ensuing paper is aimed at discerning whether or not the 1971 Pakistan-Bangladesh conflict was a “classic” civil war or, conversely, a genocide of Bengalis by West Pakistani troops. Because it is intended to serve as a political science paper, the essay shall incorporate such terms as associational politics, asymmetrical federalism, ethno-nationalism, and sovereignty and utilize them as a means of explaining the war and its significance. The conclusion of this essay is that the Pakistani actions of 1971 were not, strictly-speaking, genocidal; there is controversy...The end:
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