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‘From the Black Mountain to Waziristan’: culture and combat on the North-West frontier

‘From the Black Mountain to Waziristan’: culture and combat on the North-West frontier

Rand, Gavin (2016) ‘From the Black Mountain to Waziristan’: culture and combat on the North-West frontier. In: Roy, Kaushik and Rand, Gavin, (eds.) Culture, Conflict and the Military in Colonial South Asia. Routledge, pp. 189-227. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The chapter offers a cultural reading of colonial campaigning, arguing that combat on the frontier was shaped, in important ways, by a cultural exchange: strategic, tactical and logistical calculations reflected ideas and assumptions about the frontier, its population and their relationship to colonial power. By tracing the development of specific rationalities for frontier conflict through a series of deployments, the chapter reveals the intersection of colonial culture and imperial military power, confirming Nicholas Thomas’s assertion that colonial violence was always ‘mediated and enframed by structures of meaning’.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Imperial History; South Asian History; Military History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > History Research Group (HRG)
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 09:52
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15925

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