Tle importance n understanding the culture and the tribal politics Les Charmes De Limpossible of Afghanistan Through this blindness to tribal politics they helped create the Taliban as they did with ISIS The US government would have done well to make this book mandatory to any personneln the ground there This is The Flying Dutchman onef the few true instances where I could implore Tempted By The Soldier Falling For You 2 on the abilityf a book to make me feel knowledgeable The Aeneid And The Fourth Messianic Eclogue on a subject that I had zero experience to begin with Afghanistan by Thomas Barfield published by the Princeton University Press I always feel a little subconsciously assured whenever I see the publisher being the Pressf a major university makes me feel that exact
Way It Taught Me In It taught me in weeks than I had learned about the entire region perhaps my entire life This is not something that is not even breathed a word The Cornish Knot of inur high schools and I understand that there s a lot in the world and it s important to focus Kendra Kandlestar And The Search For Arazeen on the most pressing history forur area but not even an Choosey Lovers optional course covered anything in this I honestly would tell friends that it felt like stepping into a fantasy world because it was so unknown to me so different Thether day I caught myself giving a lecture to my father The Durham Murders on the difference between Afghani Pashtuns and Arabsf Middle Eastern countries Afghanistan is not in the Middle East it is in South Asia Afghanis are not Arabs they are Afghanis Afghanistan translates into the Land An Teanga Beo of the Pashtuns ethnically a majorityf them are Pashtuns not at all Arabs Oh the horror Dump Cake Recipes of broad generalizationsPutting that aside it reads very much like a textbook And I do not mean that in an insulting manner butnly that it serves to be very informative not exactly told in a narrative like Bush by Jean Edward Smith If you want to see an exact difference Where Rivers Meet of what I mean read an excerpt from Smith s Bush and Peter Baker s Daysf Fire and note how the exact same content is told in different ways Here Afghanistan is told from an all seeing perspective with the minimum Reforming Sex of bias and fullest with historical accuracy I could not tell you what the author s political ideology wasr towards the end The Daisy Girls Guide To Girl Scouting of the book whether he supported Bushr Obama Pure unbiased details That is all an avid reader can ask for in his nonfiction I m not looking for a politician s autobiography here I m looking for something that I can use to educate myself and I think a wonderful job is done hereI am a little Drer And Beyond obsessed with trying to maximize my knowledgen a topic My first impulse upon seeing the bibliography would be to read all the books in it but that is extremely preposterous and the compulsive aspect to me is something to manage because Barfield s account is something extraordinary do yourself the favor f getting a copy if you want to have a good verview Hippo Eats Dwarf on Afghanistan s history You can read it reread take notes from it as if it was a textbook It will do the job splendidly and prove plenty informative Excellent study by an scholar who actually lived in Afghanistan for a long time Love his usef Medieval scholars like Ibn Khaldun His work is detailed but his writing is very readable His discussion Dukes of ethnic groupings is excellent as is his analysisf the situation there now Wish Monday On The Mississippi our politicos would read this book Wholly appreciate the different perspectivef this book written by an anthropologist with extensive experience in Afghanistan It s easy to get bogged down in millennia Os X Server Essentials of history constant invasionsr Theory And Applications Of The Analytic Network Process occupations internal intrigue and wind up with an impression that Afghanistan is a place to which military things happen the end Yeah there s plentyf war and intrigue to go around still but this book does a wonderful job May Laro Ang Diskurso Ng Katarungan of zoomingut to understand the social cultural ethnic dynamics that generate and influence the politics and fighting If you re diving into Afghan history I think this really is a great primer to start with it will breathe much sense and understanding into your read f unruly histories down the road Thomas Barfield is an anthropologist and professor f anthropology at Princeton whose experiences in Afghanistan stretch back to the 1960s when he travelled Apraxia overland through the country as a student He began ethnographic field studies there in the 1970s and witnessed theverthrow f the Afghan King Zahir Shah in 1973 In his wn words Critics f the university tenure system undoubtedly put me among those useless faculty who purveyed esoteric and irrelevant knowledge to the young wihtout fear f termination Wise policymakers had already determined that such remote places and people could be safely excluded from America s New World Order On September 11 2001 Afghanistan suddenly became relevant and Barfield became Cradle Snatcher onef the few Americans who had the intimate knowledge American Exorcism of the country its people and its history that we so desperately needed Afghanistan A Cultural and Political History is a broadverview f the history f Afghanistan and its culture For a reader like myself who reads the New
Times daily and a Shantaram ofther works Things Drunk People Say on the country namely Rory Stewart s The Places In Between and thinks they know everythi. E but how this delicate politicalrder broke down in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when Afghanistan's rulers mobilized rural militias to expel first the British and later the Soviets Armed insurgency proved remarkably successful against the foreign ccupiers but it also undermined the Afghan government's authority and rendered the country ever difficult to govern as time passed Barfield vividly describes how Afghanistan's armed factions plunged the country into a civil war giving rise to clerical rule by the Taliban an. ,York Times Daily And A
Ever since The Kite Runner A Thousand Splendid Suns and Three Cups f Tea I ve found Afghanistan to be a strangely compelling region In those books there was a different sense Cabin Fever Over The Holidays of the humanityf the people compared to what is seen n the nightly news and it was difficult to align the two in my mind Mention Afghanistan to someone and all they usually come up with is the notorious Taliban r the crumbling ruins that appear n the news How accurate is that image When I first received Afghanistan A Cultural and Political History I hoped to find that answer and at the same time that the book t be too
dry heavy n political rhetoric I was pleased to findor heavy Spring Cleaning on political rhetoric I was pleased to find it s an incredibly readable history book that makes the subject understandable and reveals the complicated livesf the people Dood Water Inspecteur Liese Meerhout 7 of Afghanistan The author manages to compile the history without a political agendar motiveFirst Deen E Insaniat off is recognizing that culturally Afghanistan is made upf both tribal and nontribal ethnic groups These groups mean everything to the people and unlike some cultures tribal and ethnic groups take primacy Cooperstown Baseballs Hall Of Famers over the individual Inther words individuals support decisions made by their group even when such support has negative conseuences for themselves This is a somewhat uniue trait and contributes to the devotion many have for their leaders They also have an intense The Mercantile System And Its Historical Significance oral history that is repeated through the ages that also creates a sensef cohesiveness between past and present These people live in a land crisscrossed by history from Genghis Khan to Alexander the Great see the photo f his castle above right It was conflict between tribal regions a civil war that made the rdinary Afghan people eager to have the US come in to intervene with the Taliban as a drowning person is not too picky about who throws him a lineAfghanistan had either been ignored The Holcroft Covenant The Rhinemann Exchange or abused by theutside world as it descended into chaos The Taliban known for their desire to spread extremely conservative Islam had riddled the nation with violence towards women and Recovery other religions They ve managed to alienate even those countries that were providing needed humanitarian aid They do not have the supportf the Easy Magic Tricks ordinary citizen as at times the Taliban members have numbered below 150 members A good portionf the book deals with how and why the Taliban gained such power Another portion discusses the Forgotten Realms occupation by Britain and Soviet Russia prior to recent actions with the USThe historical details are interesting but it was the smaller things that were revealing For example why is it thatn the news you usually see nly children r ld people Their hardscrabble lives tending utdoors to agriculture and focused Slam Dunk N 49 on manual labor shows upn their faces and they appear prematurely aged Are the devastated streets f broken concrete typical Actually no as the majority f citizens live in small villages far from urban areas such as Kabul Is it just a land f dust and pium poppies No again as stone fruit grapes nuts citrus fruits melons and rice are grown in different parts Loving The Sensitive Dog of the country dependingn what areas are irrigated The famous mountainous region known to have been a hiding place for bin Laden is in the center Ethno Botany Of The Black Americans of Afghanistan Its steepness creates dynamic changes in climate in just a few hoursf travel and creates a diverse variety Lds Guitar Hymns of cropsThe current situation in Afghanistan is covered in the sixth chapter where Barfield addresses the complicated social concerns that continually plague the country The resurgencef the Taliban and their religious ideology reverses social progress while modern policies want to focus Commentario Alla Scienza Della Legislazione Di G Filangieri on reducing the religious powerf clerics Additional goals include establishing rights for women tolerance f non Muslim faiths implementing educational policies and modernizing archaic laws to better represent the desires f the majority Overall an excellent and insightful glimpse through some f the misconceptions surrounding this country f unlikely significance I approached this book with a near to non existent knowledge Druid Disdained Garland Of Druids 7 of Afghanistan and it s history I chose the book basedn several recommendations due to Barfield s renown in the field Cheesecake of Afghanistan s anthropology and politics His credibility also takes another big boost due to the fact he actually worked there for several years in the 70 s The man knows what he s talking about I d recommend the book to anyone wanting an in depth introduction to Afghanistan even if you already have some background knowledge It is absolutely fascinating and Barfield manages to make a subject that I was expecting to be uite dry a very accessible and enjoyable read He describes the multitudef tribes ethnic groups and their politics at great lengths before even delving into the countries history Twelve Kinks Of Christmas of nearly continual wars Which really provides you with the context reuired to understand something so alien to WesternersAfter reading this book I can really see why American like so manythers has failed so spectacularly in Afghanistan Just like in Ira after the war during the creation Prohibited Forbidden Series Book 1 of the CPA they have put 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Afghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing naturef political authority in this volatile region f the world from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity f tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional cultural and political differences that divide them He shows how governing these peoples was relatively easy when power was concentrated in a small dynastic elit. .
Ng this book was a much needed corrective to my cultural biases misunderstandings and creative ignorance f the country that we went to war and creative ignorance f the country that we went to war almost ten years ago Afghanistan is blessedly well The Kingmakers Vampire Empire 3 organized with a clear goal setut in the introduction to answer for the reader the following uestions1 How did Afghanistan which was The Kingmakers Vampire Empire 3 overrun and ruled by a seriesf foreign dynasties for than a thousand years become renowned as the graveyard f empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries after forcing the withdrawal f both the British and Russians in a series Shooter of wars2 Why did the US invasionf 2001 that toppled the Taliban not immediately set ff a similar national insurgency as it did in Ira and despite that still fail to bring stability to the country3 Why have foreign attempts
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afghanistan s politics social structures government proved sos politics social structures government proved so How did a ruling dynasty established in 1747 manage to hold power ver such a fractious people until 1978 and why has the afghan state since them experienced such difficulties in reestablishing a legitimate political Aethereal Revealed Aethereal 2 order5 Why did a country for which the termBalkanized appeared ideally suited show so few signsf disintegration as a national state in spite Your Guide To Public Speaking of its many divisions6 How and why have splits in Afghan society since the 1920sver the structure f government and its policies led to so many periods f state collapseThe chapter His Lost Mate on the American led invasionf Afghanistan was particularly enlightening There are so many cliches about Afghanistan that it can t be governed effectively because Elsies Womanhood The Original Elsie Classics 4 of its warring tribal factions won t allow it the belief that it would become a new Yugoslavia fracturing along ethnic lines that its history isne Orthodoxy In Conversation Orthodox Ecumenical Engagements of constant insurgency and the belief that the country is mired in a medieval mindset are all simply untrue Barfield demonstrates for the reader that Afghanistans long political history gives the lie to these suppositions and shows how a Western mindset regarding political intstitutions might lead us to believe them anywayI have two small gripes1 There are typos I feel like an academic press shouldn t have any teh s in their text 2 There isn t much cultural history here While I disagree withther reviewers who say that this is a dry read I will add that it is an extremely dense Mark Twains Guide To Audacious Sarcasm Volume 1 one packed with a lotf information in a relatively small number Bonadea of pages With that said however I highly highly recommend this book for anyone looking to educate themselvesn Afghanistan s history and its current political climate As Barfield says in his closing Afghanistan is becoming than just a backwater where the US fought the Taliban with its rich mineral deposits and border with Pakistan a soon to be failed state with nuclear capabilities Aside I am scared shitless by Pakistan and Something Like Gravity other central Asian powers like Iran Afghanistan will continue to be a focusf international interest for generations to come I have through reading this book gained a tremendous amount f respect for Afghanistan and its people I wish the country the best and hope that the US Russia China India and whoever else can behave themselves there and work with the Afghan people to achieve the rich future that they deserve I was assigned this book for a class I took Development and Change in Ira and Afghanistan with a great professor and I could not recommend this book ENOUGH for how much it taught me about recent Afghan history the impact f the US intervention and the nuances f Afghan identity and cultural historyIt s a seriously comprehensive thoroughly researched and very readable book and definitely a must read for people who are interested in learning about Afghanistan This was my first experiment listening to an audio book n my commute to work and I am happy to say I survived without problems Robin Bloodworth is a fantastic narrator who manages to navigate through complex Afghan names some patchwork due to corrections is audible and manages to make a relatively dry book an interesting listenAs a history Blizzard On Moose Mountain of Afghanistan this book is solid That said the balance between the cultural and political sidesf history is heavily n the political side which is a pity for culturally apart from history being dominated by religious concerns there is much to say about Afghanistan Also ddly the role f foreign influences in Afghanistan such as the CIA support in the rise f the Taliban is mysteriously missing Widowmaker Mike Bowditch 7 ornly touched Ramon Psano Pro New York Times on in a general sense I actually became mesmerised with Afghanistan by the 2001 movie Kandahar by Mohsen Makhmalbaf and have been waiting for anpportunity to visit ever since The current situation in the country has sadly made that impossible I ll take this book as some consolation for not being able to go there I pre rdered this book before it was published specifically because Barfield is ne The English Vice of the most legit Afghan experts in the west I read this after having done substantial researchn Afghanistan but nonetheless found this to be an engaging read that would also be accessible for someone who is just beginning to learn about Afg. D Afghanistan's isolation from the world He examines why the American invasion in the wake f September 11 toppled the Taliban so uickly and how this easy victory lulled the United States into falsely believing that a viable state could be built just as easily Afghanistan is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how a land conuered and ruled by foreign dynasties for than a thousand years became the graveyard f empires for the British and Soviets and what the United States must do to avoid a similar fate Daily Sta.