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Book review: Afghanistan works best in a federal structure with a large amount of power devolved to the outlying regions

Partridge, Matthew (2012) Book review: Afghanistan works best in a federal structure with a large amount of power devolved to the outlying regions. LSE Review of Books (15 Aug 2012) Blog Entry.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 16:20
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47172/

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