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Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History

Thomas Barfield


This book traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world—Afghanistan—from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. The book 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. It 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 ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, Taliban, Mughal Empire, dynastic elite, armed insurgency, Afghan government, civil war, American invasion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780691145686
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691145686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Barfield, author
Boston University