AIPS is pleased to announce the 2015-16 Book Award prize winner, Prof. Dr. David Gilmartin, author of Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History.
The Book Prize committee noted that Professor Gilmartin’s book is a major contribution to the study of colonial state formation, environmental history and the settlement of colonial frontiers. Blood and Water expands the scope of Pakistan Studies and South Asian studies by highlighting the great transformations initiated by canal irrigation and the implications of these projects for contemporary politics, including within Pakistan and the trans-boundary water disputes between India and Pakistan. His research is prodigious and the culmination of several decades of related research and scholarly reflection. Competing visions of statecraft and political community are explored in relation to the continuing power of nature to shape the Indus basin. This book is an invaluable contribution to scholarship on Pakistan and broader issues of state development and the environment. In addition to making original contribution to the study of British India and Pakistan, Blood and Water is going to be a major reference point for environmental historians, political scientists and anthropologists for many years to come.