The foundations of a nation : framing Pakistan from 1940-1971 through international relations theory and postcolonialism
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This paper explores the emerging integration of international relations theory with postcolonial scholarship and uses Pakistan’s state formation and history as a case study. It is argued that international relations theory privileges European experiences and history, which results in inaccurate assumptions about the outcomes of colonialism and origins of postcolonial independence. Pakistan’s unique development as a state founded on ideology and build out of an imperial/colonial system offers an opportunity for destabilizing Eurocentrism in international studies. Rather than favoring a singular outcome or conclusion, this paper demonstrates the plurality necessary for an inclusive historical analysis of state-power.