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The FeringheesSir Robert and Sir William — Two Europeans in India: Volume 2: The Straight Race$
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Elizabeth Hamilton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199460113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460113.001.0001

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The North-West Frontier

The North-West Frontier

(p.11) 2 The North-West Frontier
The Feringhees

Elizabeth Hamilton

Oxford University Press

Barton is chosen as one of the team of outstanding young men chosen to enter the Political Service and administer the newly formed North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). After a spell in Peshawar being tutored in the languages and learning about the rugged and turbulent frontier area, he is appointed Agent in the beautiful Kurram Valley. Here the Shia inhabitants appreciated the British presence and the protection afforded against belligerent Sunni neighbours, and the formation of a local militia proved to be an economical way of keeping the peace. Life for the Agent is recounted here in what proves to be a peaceful era in its history. The next stage is a term as Agent in the remote area of the Malakand, Dir, Chitral, and Swat. Difficulties relating to the establishment of the Durand Line are highlighted as well as the advantages of having a British presence in the forward region.

Keywords:   William Barton, Political Service, North-West Frontier Province, Peshawar, Kurram Valley, Malakand, Dir, Chitral, Swat, Durand Line

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