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Afghanistan: Cultural and Political History - 10 edition

Afghanistan: Cultural and Political History (ISBN10: 0691145687; ISBN13: 9780691145686)
ISBN13: 978-0691145686
ISBN10: 0691145687

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.

Edition/Copyright: 10
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 04/11/2010
International: No



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hardcover Princeton. 2010. Princeton University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 400 pages. 0. hardcover. 9780691145686. keywords: Anthropology. inventory # 37757. FROM THE PUBL ...show moreISHER-Afghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them. He shows how governing these peoples was relatively easy when power was concentrated in a small dynastic elite, but how this delicate political order broke down in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when Afghanistan's rulers mobilized rural militias to expel first the British and later the Soviets. Armed insurgency proved remarkably successful against the foreign occupiers, b ...show less
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