An Internal Matter tells the story of the many activists in America who supported the campaign for Bangladesh’s independence in 1971. Shifting attention away from diplomatic figures, this work draws upon new evidence and interviews with participants to highlight the ordinary people who challenged the Nixon administration’s pro-Pakistan stance. From the shores of Manpura and the streets of Dhaka to American living rooms and the halls of Congress, this book injects a valuable dose of social history into international conversations about the war’s legacies. In doing so, it offers a powerful new vision for international and global studies of the Liberation War: a people’s history of the Mukti Sangram abroad.
Samuel Jaffe is an independent scholar based in New Zealand. He holds a dual MA/MSc in International and World History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics. His research interests centre on international and global responses to Bangladesh’s Liberation War. His master’s thesis, which drew upon extensive archival research and participant interviews, examined the activities of pro-Bangladesh grassroots organisations in the USA in 1971. An Internal Matter: The United States, Grassroots Activism and the Creation of Bangladesh is his first monograph.