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Local Politics in AfghanistanA Century of Intervention in the Social Order$
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Conrad Schetter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327928.001.0001

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Centre–Periphery Relations in Afghanistan

Centre–Periphery Relations in Afghanistan

(p.23) 2 Centre–Periphery Relations in Afghanistan
Local Politics in Afghanistan

Nazif Shahrani

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the politics of the Afghan government in aiming to establish its political rule throughout the country. It reveals particular techniques of physical violence and subjugation that the Afghan government has used to enforce its control over the country, and argues that the trajectories of government rule set by ʻAbd al-Rahman at the end of the nineteenth century continue to guide Kabul politics in the present day. The chapter underlines how the politics of the centre towards the periphery was strongly tinged by a Pashtun nationalism that remains a dominant feature of Afghan politics, and which has frequently led to the repression of ethnic minorities in the country.

Keywords:   Afghan government, political rule, physical violence, subjugation, Kabul, Pashtun nationalism, repression

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