Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History

Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History

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by Thomas Barfield
     
 

"This fascinating survey of Afghanistan is an excellent book for those wanting to go beyond headlines. Written by an expert, with the stylistic flair to be savored by the nonexpert, Afghanistan also has judgments worthy of scholarly reflection. Barfield has captured political, social, and cultural insights of extraordinary importance to the policy arguments

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"This fascinating survey of Afghanistan is an excellent book for those wanting to go beyond headlines. Written by an expert, with the stylistic flair to be savored by the nonexpert, Afghanistan also has judgments worthy of scholarly reflection. Barfield has captured political, social, and cultural insights of extraordinary importance to the policy arguments of today and tomorrow. Deploying diplomats, soldiers, and aid workers in particular should pay attention."—Ronald E. Neumann, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, 2005-2007

"Barfield's book will become the single best source on Afghan history and politics virtually overnight. His deep knowledge of Afghanistan enables him to range widely and knit together a very coherent narrative with a conceptual clarity that is pretty rare. A great deal of learning is evident here, but Barfield wears it lightly."—James C. Scott, author of Seeing Like a State

"Barfield's book is an excellent general introduction to the country and will be a source of wider debate within and beyond the scholarly community. I am not aware of a history of this kind that explores governance and state legitimacy as its organizing themes."—Magnus Marsden, author of Living Islam: Muslim Religious Experience in Pakistan's North-West Frontier

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691145686
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/11/2010
Series:
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Chapter One: People and Places 17

Chapter Two: Conquering and Ruling Premodern Afghanistan 66

Chapter Three: Anglo-Afghan Wars and State Building in Afghanistan 110

Chapter Four: Afghanistan in the Twentieth Century: State and Society in Conflict 164

Chapter Five: Afghanistan Enters the Twenty- first Century 272

Chapter Six: Some Conclusions 337

Notes 351

References 359

Index 367

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