Islamabad and the Politics of International Development in Pakistan. / Daechsel, Markus.

Cambridge University Press, 2015. 350 p.

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This is a highly original account of the design and development of
Pakistan’s capital city: one of the most iconic and ambitious urban
reconstruction projects of the twentieth century. Balancing archival
research with fresh, theoretical insights, Markus Daechsel surveys the
successes and failures of Greek urbanist Constantinos A. Doxiadis’s
most ambitious endeavour, Islamabad, analysing how the project not
only changed the international order, but also the way in which the
Pakistani state operated in the 1950s and 1960s. In dissecting Doxiadis’s
fraught relationship with Pakistani policy makers, bureaucrats and
ordinary citizens, the book offers an unprecedented account of Islamabad’s
place in post-war international development. Daechsel provides
new insights into this period and explores the history of development as
a charged, transnational encounter between foreign consultants and
donors on the one side, and the post-colonial nation state on the other.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages350
ISBN (Print)978-1-107-05717-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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