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Back to the Future

The Khanate of Kalat and the Genesis of Baloch Nationalism, 1915–1955
Martin Axmann
The study investigates the genesis of Baloch nationalism during the first half of the twentieth century, analyses the emergence of a Baloch national movement, and sets it in relation to the rise of an Indian and Muslim Indian (Pakistan) national movement in British India during that time. The study portrays the decline and disintegration of the Baloch khanate of Kalat during the last decades of British rule, analyses Kalat’s lack of integration but increasing attachment to British Indian affairs, and summarizes the colonial legacy of Balochistan in respect of political, administrative, and constitutional development. It investigates the emergence of a royalist movement around the figure of the khan of Kalat, and discusses his attempt to turn back time and revert to Balochistan’s pre-colonial status. It probes into the coincident rise of a Baloch nationalist movement, and analyses the political and cultural framework of an emerging Baloch national identity. It traces the political demands of Baloch nationalist pioneers, and looks for interrelations with the Muslim nationalist and the Baloch royalist movements. It ascertains the emergence of a Baloch national movement as the outcome of the historical and political circumstances during the British withdrawal from India, and portrays the evolution of Baloch national identity as a reaction to the territorial, political, and cultural inclusion on the side of the All India Muslim League and the Pakistan movement.
Author Description
Dr Martin Axmann is a political scientist focused on ethno-nationalist movements of the Indian sub-continent. He studied political science, international law, and economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg (MA 1997). His fieldwork has concentrated on Pakistan, particularly on Sindh, the North-West Frontier Province, and the Iran-Pakistan trans-border region of Balochistan. His research interests include state and nation building in the post-colonial world, and the emergence and development of sub-nationalist movements within larger nation states. He works as a private lecturer and has been associated with the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute of Socio-Political Research in Freiburg since 1996. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Freiburg (2007), and is presently carrying out post-doctoral research on the evolution of the Baloch national movement and the role of natural resources as cause and target of current conflict in the region.
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ISBN 9780199065929
Weight in kg 0.385
Rights World
Year of Publication 2008
Binding Paperback
Pages 360 pages