Book review: Afghanistan works best in a federal structure
with a large amount of power devolved to the
LSE Review of Books
(15 Aug 2012)
Author Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan and ultimately finds governance was relatively easy in the country when power was concentrated in a small dynastic elite, but 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. Matthew Partridge reviews.
Afghanistan: A Political and Cultural History. Thomas
Barfield. Princeton University Press. 2012.
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