The Most Dangerous Place

The Most Dangerous Place

A History of the United States in South Asia


South Asia looms large in American foreign policy. Over the past two decades, the United States has invested billions of dollars and thousands of human lives in the region, to seemingly little effect. As Srinath Raghavan reveals in The Most Dangerous Place, this should not surprise us. Although the region is often regarded as peripheral to America's rise to global ascendancy, the United States has long been enmeshed in South Asia. For 230 years, America's engagement with India, Afghanistan and Pakistan has been characterized by short-term thinking and unintended consequences. Beginning with American traders in India in the eighteenth century, the region has become a locus for American efforts-secular and religious-to remake the world in its image. Even as South Asia has undergone tumultuous and tremendous changes from colonialism to the world wars, the Cold War and globalization, the United States has been a crucial player in regional affairs.

The definitive history of US involvement in South Asia, The Most Dangerous Place presents a gripping account of America's political and strategic, economic and cultural presence in the region. By illuminating the patterns of the past, this sweeping history also throws light on the challenges of the future.


472 Pages | ISBN13 9780670086108
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Srinath Raghavan
Srinath Raghavan
Srinath Raghavan was a former infantry officer in the Indian Army and a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is a professor at Ashoka University and senior fellow at Carnegie India. He has studied and taught at King's College, London, and is the author of two highly praised books, War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years (2010), 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh (2013) and The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia (2018). He is a recipient of the 2015 Infosys Prize (Social Sciences).
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