Connecting histories in Afghanistan : market relations and state formation on a colonial frontier /
Shah Mahmoud Hanifi.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2011.
xviii, 270 p.
0804774110 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780804774116 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2011.
0804774110 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780804774116 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction : the historical location and conceptual framing of Afghanistan -- Financing the Kabul produce -- Contracting nomadic carriage for an aquatic agenda -- Fiscal instability and state revenue reformulation during the first British occupation -- Capital concentrations and coordinations : Peshawar subsidies and Kabul workshops -- New state texts and old commercial flows -- Mutual evasion between Afghanistan and the global marketplace -- Conclusion : deflecting colonial canons and cannons : alternate routes to knowing Afghanistan.
general note
Originally published online in 2008 by Columbia University Press.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Shah Mahmoud Hanifi is Associate Professor of History at James Madison University.
Review Quotes
"Hanifi's book provides an important contribution to our historical understanding of nineteenth century Afghanistan. There is no work that has mined the colonial archives to provide such a detailed examination of the role of trade, markets, and finance in the problematic process of Afghan state-building. Given current interest in Afghanistan, the book has topicality--and it raises important questions, particularly with regard to the intersections between the history of markets and the history of colonialism, that will be of wide interest to historians."--David Gilmartin, North Carolina State University
"A brilliant revisionist study that argues that the conventional view of Afghanistan as a model of resistance to colonial power is a myth and that in reality Afghanistan was from the outset a 'colonial construct' whose economic institutions, in particular its commercial and monetary policies, were determined by policies over which it had little or no control. Students of Afghan history will never approach it in quite the same way again."--Robert D. McChesney, New York University
"Hanifi presents what many have erroneously thought to be a simple and straightforward story in a new light. Covering material that has been largely unexplored up to now, he ties Afghanistan's robust history into the global processes shaping the modern world. This is a highly original, innovative, and engaging work."--Benjamin D. Hopkins, George Washington University
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Looking closely at commerce in and between Kabul, Peshawar, and Qandahar, this book reveals how local Afghan nomads and Indian bankers responded to state policies on trade.
Main Description
Most histories of nineteenth-century Afghanistan argue that the country remained immune to the colonialism emanating from British India because, militarily, Afghan defenders were successful in keeping out British imperial invaders. However, despite these military victories, colonial influences still made their way into Afghanistan. Looking closely at commerce in and between Kabul, Peshawar, and Qandahar, this book reveals how local Afghan nomads and Indian bankers responded to state policies on trade. British colonial political emphasis on Kabul had significant commercial consequences both for the city itself and for the cities it displaced to become the capital of the emerging Afghan state. Focused on routing between three key markets, Connecting Histories in Afghanistan challenges the overtly political tone and Orientalist bias that characterize classic colonialism and much contemporary discussion of Afghanistan.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preface: Querying the Kabul Hypothesisp. xv
Colonial Market Knowledge and Commercial Experimentation
Introduction: The Historical Location and Conceptual Framing of Afghanistanp. 3
Financing the Kabul Producep. 35
Contracting Nomadic Carriage for an Aquatic Agendap. 51
Fiscal Instability and State Revenue Reformulation during the First British Occupationp. 77
The New Outdated Colonial Political Economy
Capital Concentrations and Coordinations: Peshawar Subsidies and Kabul Workshopsp. 97
New State Texts and Old Commercial Flowsp. 121
Mutual Evasion between Afghanistan and the Global Marketplacep. 153
Conclusion: Deflecting Colonial Canons and Cannons-Alternate Routes to Knowing Afghanistanp. 165
Appendix: Commercial Vocabulary in Nineteenth-Century Afghanistanp. 177
Note on Sources: Abbreviations, Transliterations and Spellingsp. 183
Notesp. 185
Sources and Notes for Maps and Figuresp. 239
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 257
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