Afghanistan a cultural and political history by thomas barfield is a learned detailed well written book by an anthropologist not a historian thus we are privileged to see the landscape the people and rulers the events through different eyes. Afghanistan a cultural and political history by thomas barfield is a primer for anyone seeking to understand the region its cultural and political underpinnings raghu mohan businessworld barfield shows how afghan notions of political legitimacy and social organization are eerily timeless . Barfield delivers a one stop full accounting of afghanistans geography people and history if it werent so painstakingly researched and intensely assembled it could be called . Barfields cultural and political history of afghanistan acts as a solid introduction to those who havent a clue as to the countrys past before the headlines of the 21st century though such a rich tapestry of history culture politics and sociology is hardly done justice in the less than 400 pages of this book. Afghanistan a cultural and political history is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand either the history of afghanistan or what is happening there now danny yee danny reviews this fascinating survey of afghanistan is an excellent book for those wanting to go beyond headlines
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