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A Geo-Historical Sketch of the Gilgit Frontier in the 19th Century
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Keywords

Frontier
Gilgit
Sikh Empire

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Ashutosh Singh. (2023). A Geo-Historical Sketch of the Gilgit Frontier in the 19th Century. SOUTH INDIA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, 21(2), 81-105. https://journal.sijss.com/index.php/home/article/view/62

Abstract

The idea of a geographical frontier of a nation state has always existed throughout history. This study further explores the role that the Gilgit-Baltistan region has exercised as a frontier of the Indian subcontinent. This study is part of an Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) project titled "A History of Frontiers - Gilgit-Baltistan and the Indian Sub-Continent 1839-2019" and this paper is part of the final report of the aforementioned project. This paper focuses on exploring how Gilgit-Baltistan's modern history was shaped by the virtue of its geographical location as the natural northern frontier of the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century. The approach employed in this study is qualitative, based extensively on primary accounts of 19th century travellers and explorers to the region.

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Prescott, J.R.V, The Geography of Frontiers and Boundaries, Routledge, New York 2015, pp 33.

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Bryant, E, Bryant, E and Patton, L, The Indo-Aryan Controversy Evidence and Inference in Indian History, 2005, Routledge, 2005, pp 270.

Map from "Dardistan in 1866, 1886 and 1893" by G.W. Leitner, Gutenberg.org, accessed on August 31, 2022, https://www.gutenberg.org/files/60590/60590-h/images/illus1.jpg

Biddulph, J, Tribes of the Hindukush, Superintendent of Government Printing Press, Calcutta, 1880, p 21.

Ibid, p 25.

Ibid, 1880, p 28.

Leitner, G.W., Dardistan in 1866, 1886 and 1893, Asian Educational Services, New Delhi, 1996, p 16.

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