Yasmin Khan was born in London. She is a University Lecturer in British history at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College. The Great Partition is her first book. It has won the Gladstone Prize from the Royal Historical Society and been translated into Hindi and Urdu.
The Partition of India in 1947 was one of the most horrific events of decolonization in the twentieth century. The geographical divide brought displacement and death, rape and plunder, benefiting the few at the expense of the very many.
In The Great Partition, Yasmin Khan exposes the widespread obliviousness to what Partition would entail in practice as well as the haste and recklessness with which it was completed. Moreover, she powerfully underscores the catastrophic human cost and shows why the repercussions of Partition resound even now, some sixty years later. Drawing on fresh information from an array of sources, Khan provides an authoritative and accessible analysis of Partition, and the damaging legacy left in its wake.