The Savage Border: The History of the North-West Frontier

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Sutton Publishing, Aug 15, 2007 - History - 240 pages
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For centuries, Pakistan's North West Frontier has been seen as a lawless wilderness, which more recently has given sanctuary to Osama Bin Laden and other fundamentalist Muslim leaders. This, the first significant book on the territory for 40 years, includes first hand accounts of life and soldiering on the Frontier since the Second World War. It also tells how the British and invaders before and after the Raj, attempted to deal with this unpredictable land of the Pathans. "The Savage Border" provides an in-depth, highly accessible account of life and conflict on the North West Frontier, covering not only the century of British rule since 1849, but also events since the creation of Pakistan in 1947. The author addresses key questions including 'What makes the Pathan so warlike and belligerent to outsiders, from Darius the Great in the 6th century BC to the US Marines in the 21st century AD?' and 'Can these tribesmen ever be brought into society's fold and persuaded to give up their terrorist comrades? The author is a specialist in North West Frontier affairs, who has travelled extensively in Pakistan.

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A thoroughly researched and informed historical review of the Pashtun border tribes of what is now Pakistan. It gives a very interesting account of the history of the various border tribes through their pleasant or--mostly--unpleasant interactions with the British colonial forces. A must-read for anyone wanting to understand the history, nature, and character of the border tribes.  


A Frontier is Born
Poachers Turned Gamekeepers
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Jules Stewart is a freelance journalist, formerly with Reuters. During his career he has reported from more than thirty countries, analyzing news and developing contacts. Jules has traveled extensively in Pakistan and is a specialist in North-West Frontier affairs. He is the author for Sutton of The Khyber Rifles (2005) and the forthcoming Spying for the Raj (2006). Stewart lives in London.

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