Nationalism: Its Origin and Development
The importance of
the Baloch as a case study cannot be ignored. The Baloch, after
all, represent more than ten million people
dispersed throughout Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Gulf States. An
understanding of Baloch nationalism can lead to insights into potential
elements of regional instability.
study was intended to fill in a void in the literature pertaining to the
Baloch by presenting as complete a picture of the Baloch problem as
possible in the present condition of research. Moreover this is also an
original contribution to the state of comparative political science
because it is the first time that anyone has applied existing nationalism
theory to the Baloch.
Former studies of this subject have provided
many valuable insights into various aspects of the problem. However, so
far no attempt has been made to deal with the whole problem in a detailed
manner including its historical development. Thus by examining hitherto
unexplored evidence that traces the roots of Baloch nationalism to the
colonial era, this dissertation has tried to push the frontier of enquiry
in this subject beyond its familiar limits.