The Baloch and Balochistan: A Historical Account from the Beginning to the Fall of the Baloch State

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Trafford Publishing, 2012 - History - 424 pages
Three thousand years ago, a group of Indo-Iranic tribes (called Balaschik at that time) settled in the northwestern Caspian region of Balashagan. Circumstances forced them to disperse and migrate towards south and eastern parts of Iranian plateau. In medieval times, they finally settled in present Balochistan where they became known as the Baloch. During their long and tortuous journey from Balashagan to Balochistan, the Baloch faced persecutions, deportations, and genocidal acts of various Persian, Arab and other regional powers. During 17th century, after dominating Balochistan culturally and politically, the Baloch carved out a nation state (the Khanate of Kalat). In 1839, the British occupied Balochistan and subsequently it was divided into various parts. In the wake of the British withdrawal from India in 1947, Balochistan regained its sovereignty but soon Pakistan occupied it in 1948. The historical account of the Baloch is the story of a pastoralist nomadic people from ancient times to mid-twentieth century. The author outlines the origin of the Baloch state and its variegated history of survival against powerful neighbors such as the Persians, the British and finally, Pakistan. This fascinating research work discovers the background of the long drawn-out conflict between the Baloch and Pakistan and Iranian states.
 

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Contents

Tracing Baloch History
1
Major Powers of Ancient Iran
11
The Historical Beginning of the Baloch
30
Dispersion of the Baloch from Balashagan
45
The Arab Conquest of Iran and the Baloch
63
Regional Dynasties of Iran and the Baloch
82
The Baloch in Medieval Times
114
Development of Baloch Cultural Values
135
Conflicts between the Khan and Sardars
232
Balochistan Under the British Rule
246
The Baloch Resistance Against Occupation
261
Persian Encroachments in Western Balochistan
272
The Division of Balochistan
285
Political Mobilization of the Baloch
299
The Creation of Pakistan in Context
309
Independence and Demise of the Baloch State
321

Birth of the Baloch State
149
Consolidation and Expansion of the Khanate
169
The Khanate at Its Peak
183
The Period of Civil War and Decline
197
The British Occupation of Balochistan
205
Balochistan After Occupation
219
An Overview
341
The Long Walk from Balashagan to Balochistan
353
References
363
Index
377
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