The Frontier Tribal Belt: Genesis and Purpose Under the Raj

Hardcover | April 24, 2016

bySalman Bangash

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This book deals with one of the most complicated frontier quandaries ever faced by the British Empire in India, as the British Raj attempted either to control or accommodate the Pakhtuns of the North West Frontier, because the British colonial interest clashed with the centuries-old tribalformation. The Tribal Belt was one of the most ungovernable, perilous, and hazardous regions among the British Empires many frontiers spread across the globe. For centuries, the tribes defied all those who wanted to extricate and dislodge them from their strategic position straddling the naturalgateways leading from Turkistan (Central Asia) into the Indian subcontinent. For the British, tribal structure and organization, and their socio-political and religious dynamics, were something quite new, challenging, and exigent. The tribes that populated the area were left outside the Britishadministrative structures of settled India, and instead ruled them with a peculiar and unprecedented tribal administrative structure which fulfilled their imperial interests. The book discusses in detail the political, administrative, and social intricacies of the Tribal belt under British rule.

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This book deals with one of the most complicated frontier quandaries ever faced by the British Empire in India, as the British Raj attempted either to control or accommodate the Pakhtuns of the North West Frontier, because the British colonial interest clashed with the centuries-old tribalformation. The Tribal Belt was one of the most ...

Dr Salman Bangash is Assistant Professor at the Department of History, University of Peshawar. He has been teaching in the History department since 1998 and received his PhD from the Area Study Centre situated at the university. The courses that he teaches include British Rule in India and The North West Frontier Region. He has written...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 24, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199403417

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DedicationAcknowledgementsAbstractList of Maps and IllustrationsINTRODUCTION1. TOPOGRAPHY, ETHNOGRAPHY, AND GEO-STRATEGIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TRIBAL BELT: A BRIEF ANALYSISTopographyThe Mountain PassesEthnographyThe TribesNorms and ValuesFaith and BeliefPukhtun Character and Colonial LiteratureThe Strategic Significance of the Frontier RegionConclusion2. BRITISH FRONTIER POLICY: THE COLONIAL AND IMPERIAL PROBLEMThe Age of European ImperialismWhat was British Imperialism?The Great EmporiumIndia and British ImperialismThe Struggle for India: Defending the Frontiers of IndiaThe Great Game and Russias Conquest of Central AsiaBritish Interest in PersiaThe Great Game in the Early Twentieth CenturyCritical AnalysisConclusion3. AFGHANISTAN IN ANGLO-RUSSIAN DIPLOMACY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS ON THE TRIBAL BELTBritish Adventurism in AfghanistanAnglo-Afghan Relations after the DebacleThe Interventionist PolicySecond Anglo-Afghan War (187880)Delineation of the Northern Borders of AfghanistanDetente between the Two Rival Powers and its Impact on AfghanistanConclusion4. BRITISH FRONTIER POLICY: THE LOCAL QUANDARYImperial Defence and the Tribal RegionFrontier and the Uprising of 1857The Growing Tentacles of the British ImperialismFrom the Administrative Frontier to Scientific FrontierDelimitation of the Pukhtuns TerritoryCreation of the North-West Frontier Province (1901)Conclusion5. TRIBAL ADMINISTRATION: A COLONIAL POLITICBackgroundCreation of the Tribal BeltTribal Administrative StructureThe Chief Commissioner/GovernorThe Political Officer Who he wasThe Malaki SystemFrontier Crimes Regulations (FCR)The Fn Para-Military ForceAgreements with the TribesConclusion6. BRITISH IMPERIALISM AND THE FRONTIER WARS: A CRITICAL APPRAISALThe British Strategy: Its Local and Imperial dimensionsMilitary ExpeditionsThe Ambela Campaign (1863)Jowaki Operation (187778)The Miranzai Campaign (1891)The Chitral Campaign (1895)The Frontier Uprising (18978)Tirah ExpeditionsCritical AnalysisThe Zakka Khel and Mohmand Expeditions (1908)ConclusionCONCLUSIONBibliographyAcronymGlossary