Settling the Frontier: Land, Law, and Society in the Peshawar Valley, 1500-1900 (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199406135

Robert Nichols
412 Pages
142 x 225 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
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This work explores the question of social transformation within the Peshawar valley from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century, an extended period when regional villagers and pastoralists experienced and interacted with the demands of evolving imperial and cultural ideas and institutions.


List of Appendices
List of Maps
Preface to the 2017 Edition
Introductory Essay for the 2017 Edition
Introduction: The Peshawar Valley and the Idea of a Frontier
1. History, Anthropology, and the Eighteenth Century
2. Genealogy as Ideology
3. The Politics, Poetics, and Economy of the Land
4. Narratives of Continuity and Domination
5. Millenarianism: Religion, Class, and Resistance
6. Social Geographies
7. Settling the Frontier
8. Colonizing Institutions
9. Anglo-Pakhtun Society
10. Interpreting Resistance, the 'Fanatic', and the Subaltern
Conclusion: Settlement as Metaphor
Postscript for the 2017 Edition
Appendices (Tables, Commentary)
Selected Bibliography

About the author: 

Robert Nichols is a Professor of History at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. He has published articles and book chapters on the early modern and modern history and communities of South Asia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. These include the 2017 article 'Pashtuns' in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Books he has written or edited include: A History of Pashtun Migration, 1775-2006 (OUP, 2008), The Frontier Crimes Regulation: A History in Documents (OUP, 2013), and Colonial Reports on Pakistan's Frontier Tribal Areas (OUP, 2005). Also see the Peshawar Digital Archive: https://blogs.stockton.edu/peshawardigitalstudies/

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