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Back to the Future: The Khanate of Kalat and the Genesis of Baloch Nationalism 1915–1955

Back to the Future

By 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 into relation to therise of an Indian and Muslim Indian 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 and summarizes the colonial legacy of Balochistan in respect of its political, administrative, and constitutional development.

About the Author / Editor
Dr Martin Axmann is a political scientist focussed on ethno- nationalist movements of the Indian sub-continent. Martin Axmann has studied political science, international law, and economy at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg (MA 1997). His field work has concentrated on Pakistan, particularly on Sindh, the North-West Frontier Province, and the Iran-Pakistan transborder region of Baluchistan. 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 is associated to 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 postdoctoral research on the evolution of the Baluch national movement and its players.

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