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Bangladesh: The First Decade

Bangladesh: The First Decade

By Marcus Franda

South Asian Publishers/Hanover (N.H.): Universities Field Staff Internation, 1982, 351 pp.

Very little has been written in English about the new (1971) nation of Bangladesh; yet it is the world's eighth most highly populated country, it has already had an impact on international power alignments in South Asia, and it faces staggering problems of development which could lead to turmoil in the years ahead. The author, who has been studying the region for 20 years, is the most knowledgeable American analyst of Bangladesh, and this is a collection of the essays he has written for the Universities Field Staff International. Franda places much of the blame for the failure of development in Bangladesh on the "international development establishment."