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The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir   By: (1854-1935)

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The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir by James McCrone Douie is a comprehensive and insightful historical account that delves deep into the intricate tapestry of the regions it covers. Douie's extensive research and thoughtful analysis offer readers a nuanced understanding of the complex historical, cultural, and political dynamics that have shaped these areas.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in the author's meticulous attention to detail. Douie leaves no stone unturned as he uncovers the rich historical narratives that underpin the Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir. By examining various primary and secondary sources, he skillfully weaves together accounts from different eras and perspectives, creating a cohesive narrative that brings the region's history to life.

Douie's prose is engaging and accessible, making this book an enjoyable read for both academics and general readers interested in the history of South Asia. He maintains a balanced approach throughout, presenting different viewpoints and avoiding overt bias, allowing readers to form their own opinions based on the evidence presented.

Furthermore, Douie's exploration of the cultural and social aspects of these regions adds depth to the historical narrative. By examining the impact of religion, language, and social customs on the region's development, he reveals the intricate interplay between various communities and groups.

However, one minor drawback of the book is its heavy reliance on historical records and official documents, which may make the text feel slightly dry and academic at times. Some readers might prefer a more narrative-driven approach or a greater focus on personal stories to further connect with the people who lived through these historical events.

Nevertheless, The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir is an indispensably valuable resource for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of the historical complexities of these regions. Douie's expertise and passion for the subject shine through, making this book an authoritative and illuminating read for both scholars and curious minds alike.

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Seema Publications Seema Publications C 3/19, R. P. Bagh, Delhi 110007. First Indian Edition 1974

Printed in India at Deluxe Offset Press, Daya Basti, Delhi 110035 and Published by Seema Publications, Delhi 110007.


In his opening chapter Sir James Douie refers to the fact that the area treated in this volume just one quarter of a million square miles is comparable to that of Austria Hungary. The comparison might be extended; for on ethnographical, linguistic and physical grounds, the geographical unit now treated is just as homogeneous in composition as the Dual Monarchy. It is only in the political sense and by force of the ruling classes, temporarily united in one monarch, that the term Osterreichisch could be used to include the Poles of Galicia, the Czechs of Bohemia and Moravia, the Szeklers, Saxons and more numerous Rumanians of Transylvania, the Croats, Slovenes and Italians of "Illyria," with the Magyars of the Hungarian plain.

The term Punjábi much more nearly, but still imperfectly, covers the people of the Panjáb, the North West Frontier Province, Kashmír and the associated smaller Native States. The Sikh, Muhammadan and Hindu Jats, the Kashmírís and the Rájputs all belong to the tall, fair, leptorrhine Indo Aryan main stock of the area, merging on the west and south west into the Biluch and Pathán Turko Iranian, and fringed in the hill districts on the north with what have been described as products of the "contact metamorphism" with the Mongoloid tribes of Central Asia... Continue reading book >>

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