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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 Assistant Professor of History and international Affairs at the George Washington University, USA. His work focuses on modern South Asian history, in particular that Afghanistan and the north-west frontier during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is also co-author (with Magnus Marsden) of Fragments of the Afghan Frontier, as well as numerous journal articles.
Table of Contents
|Note on Transliteration||p. vii|
|List of Maps||p. xi|
|Afghanistan imagined||p. 1|
|Situating Afghanistan||p. 2|
|The argument||p. 6|
|The Power of Colonial Knowledge||p. 11|
|British imaginings||p. 13|
|Elphinstone's legacy||p. 23|
|The Myth of the 'Great Game'||p. 34|
|The 'Great Game'||p. 35|
|The Indus Scheme||p. 47|
|British policy west of the Indus||p. 50|
|Anglo-Sikh Relations and South Asian Warfare||p. 61|
|The failure of British strategy||p. 62|
|The Punjab and the 'military labour market'||p. 70|
|The Afghan-Sikh conflict||p. 75|
|Ontology of the Afghan Political Community||p. 82|
|The contours of Afghanistan's social ecology||p. 84|
|A tribal kingdom: The evolution of the Afghan proto-state||p. 87|
|Afghanistan's plundering polity model||p. 90|
|Afghanistan's Islamic moral landscape||p. 98|
|'Royalism' in an egalitarian society||p. 102|
|Camels, Caravans and Corridor Cities: The Afghan Economy||p. 110|
|The Afghan transit economy||p. 113|
|Exogenous factors affecting the Afghan economy||p. 123|
|The Afghan Trade Corridor||p. 136|
|Typology of caravan corridor cities||p. 137|
|Corridor cities of Central Asian caravan commerce||p. 139|
|Conclusion: The 'Failure' of the Afghan Political Project||p. 163|
|The creation of 'Afghanistan'||p. 163|
|The argument revisited||p. 165|
|The colonial legacy||p. 170|
|Glossary of Foreign Terms||p. 229|
|Unpublished Sources||p. 231|
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