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Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare$
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James L. Hevia

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226562148

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226562315.001.0001

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Frontier Warfare and the Persistence of Impressment

Frontier Warfare and the Persistence of Impressment

(p.133) Chapter 5 Frontier Warfare and the Persistence of Impressment
Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare

James L. Hevia

University of Chicago Press

In 1897 frontier outbreaks among disgruntled Pashtun tribes led several expeditions by the Indian Army. The reformed transport system was soon exhausted and impressment of thousands of pack followed. This chapter relies on eye-witness sources and internal army reports to reconstruct the experience of impressment. Both evaluations by army officers and civilian officials found the existing system inadequate and unfair to pack animal owners in the Punjab. Hearings were held and a variety of recommendations were made for change. Meanwhile in London, questions about the legality of impressment were raised in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Keywords:   transport committee, impressment, frontier rebellion

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