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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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Colonial Legacies: The State, Water, Surra, and Camels

Colonial Legacies: The State, Water, Surra, and Camels

(p.272) Chapter 10 Colonial Legacies: The State, Water, Surra, and Camels
Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare

James L. Hevia

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the impact of the transformation of animal and human life under British rule in northwest India. The postcolonial nation-state of Pakistan remains very much under the domination of its military, while the land continues to deal with the problems created by the canal system, including water logging, salinization, and fly-breeding. Surra continues to be an issue and as difficult to deal with as in the past because of the peculiar biology of the trypanosome. And while camels no longer function as the primary form of overland transport in the region, state planners image them as an asset in economic development plans and in calculations about food security. A postscript reviews the major findings of the study

Keywords:   garrison state, irrigation canals, surra, food security, postscript

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