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Trading WorldsAfghan Merchants Across Modern Frontiers$
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Magnus Marsden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190247980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247980.001.0001

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Routes Matter

(p.85) 2 Karachi–Qurghon
Trading Worlds

Magnus Marsden

Oxford University Press

This chapter documents and explores the key routes that Afghan traders working in Tajikistan use to bring commodities to the country. It emphasises the multiplicity of these routes, and focuses on the ways in which Afghan traders alternate their use of them in response to the conditions of political fluidity that define the context in which they work. In exploring these dimensions of traders’ working lives, the chapter addresses the importance of the choices that the traders make about which routes to use or avoid for understanding the transformations that Afghanistan’s status as a so-called “trade corridor” has seen over the past two centuries.

Keywords:   Trade routes, Roads and infrastructure, Central Asia, Borders and borderlands, Smuggling and smugglers, The state

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