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Bangladesh did not exist as a distinct geographic and ethnic unity until independence. The region had been a part of successive Indian empires, and during the British period it formed the eastern part of a hinterland of Bengal, which was dominated by the British rulers and Hindu professional, commercial, and landed elites. After the establishment of Pakistan in 1947, present-day Bangladesh came under the hegemony of the non-Bengali Muslim elites of the West Wing of Pakistan. The establishment of Bangladesh, therefore, implied the formation of both a new nation and a new social order.
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1 Social history
2 Rural society
3 Urban society
4 Family, household, and kinship
5 Marriage
6 Purdah
7 Women 's role in society
8 Social classes and stratification
9 References
10 Works cited
Social history[edit]
Until the Partition of India partition of British India in 1947, Hindus controlled about 80 percent of all large rural holdings, urban real estate, and government jobs in East Bengal and dominated finance, commerce, and the professions. Following partition, a massive flight of East Bengali Hindus effectively removed the Hindu economic and political elite and cut the territory 's ties toCalcutta. After the emigration of the Hindus, Muslims moved quickly into the vacated positions, creating for the first time in East Bengal an economy and government predominantly in Muslim hands. These vastly increased opportunities, especially in the civil service and the professions, however, soon came to be dominated



References: 7. Jump up^ Excerpts from The Constitution of India, Left Justified, 1997 Works cited[edit] Heitzman, James & Robert Worden, editors. A Country Study: Bangladesh. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (September 1988). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.[1] [show]

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