The Makings of Modern Afghanistan

Hardcover | November 15, 2008

byBen Hopkins

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Examines the evolution of the modern Afghan state in the shadow of Britain’s imperial presence in South Asia during the first half of the nineteenth century, and challenges the staid assumptions that the Afghans were little more than pawns in a larger Anglo-Russian imperial rivalry known as the ‘Great Game’.

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Examines the evolution of the modern Afghan state in the shadow of Britain’s imperial presence in South Asia during the first half of the nineteenth century, and challenges the staid assumptions that the Afghans were little more than pawns in a larger Anglo-Russian imperial rivalry known as the ‘Great Game’.

B. D. HOPKINS  is currently research fellow at Corpus Christi College Cambridge, UK. He has also been a Fellow in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. His research and teaching interests include South Asian history, British imperialism, the history of Afghanistan and the Northwest Frontier.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.8 × 5.66 × 0.93 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230554210

ISBN - 13:9780230554214

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Note on Transliteration
Glossary of Foreign Terms
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Power of Colonial Knowledge
The Myths of the ‘Great Game’
Anglo-Sikh Relations and South Asian Warfare
Ontology of the Afghan Political Community
Camels, Caravan and Corridor Cities: The Afghan Economy
The Afghan Trade Corridor
The ‘Failure’ of the Afghan Political Project
Epilogue
Bibliography