Please note that the commentaries on this ..:..:..:..:..:perspectives:museum:strangers:objects:1019073|cigarette card series discuss prevailing attitudes in Britain toward the peoples of the British Empire in 1927 and, thus, can reflect the often-racist opinions of the time. In reading them, you are invited to consider how attitudes and communication on questions of race and nationality in Britain have changed in the years since and continue to change.

If the indigenous Australians were "primitives" in comparison with the Europeans, then to the British population, the tribesmen of the Northwest India border were considered an intermediate stage. The people of Baluchistan bitterly resisted British encroachment for decades, eventually, reaching an uneasy settlement in which the Baluchi, too fierce to conquer and too independent to persuade through diplomacy, agreed to a peace that allowed their warriors to be recruited into the British Indian Army. Baluchistan became independent as part of Pakistan in 1948.

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