By James Wynbrandt
Offers the key occasions, humans, and traditions that experience formed Pakistan. This name comprises insurance at the The land and its humans; The Indus Valley Civilization; The Vedic Age in Pakistan; The tycoon interval; British rule; The fight for independence; Partition; Civilian and army rule; and, Islamization of Pakistan.
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But the adjacent kingdom, middle Punjab, ruled by Porus (d. ), resisted the Greeks, gathering forces that included 200 war elephants, 300 chariots, 4,000 cavalry, and 30,000 infantry. Alexander met the Punjabi army at Jhelum ford that July and defeated Porus in what would become known as the Battle of Hydaspes. In recognition of Porus’s valiance in battle, Alexander allowed him to keep his throne. ) After defeating Punjab, Alexander advanced to the Hyphasis River (modern-day Beas River). ) brought what is now Pakistan into direct contact with Western civilization.
Concurrently, rival claimants to leadership of the faith, based on lineage to the Prophet, created dynasties of their own, ruling smaller empires from Cairo (the Fatimids), Córdoba in Spain (the Umayyads as rivals to the Abbasids), and other capitals. When Islam arrived on the doorstep of what is now Pakistan, Hun and Turkish nomads and warfare between the Persians and Byzantines had rendered the region unstable and travel unsafe. The trade between East and West along the Silk Route that previously enriched the area had dwindled.
History records that Alexander and his generals were much impressed with the culture they found in Pakistan and the prowess of its military, which was superior to the armies Alexander had faced in Asia Minor and Asia up to that point. On the way back to Macedonia, Alexander died. His generals fought over his empire. ) gained the largest part, extending from Asia Minor to Bactria, including present-day Pakistan. He continued Alexander’s practice of building new towns in an effort to cement Greece’s hold on the land.
A Brief History of Pakistan by James Wynbrandt