Thomas Barfield, Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History , Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2010, 389 pp. V. S. Boiko (Boyko), Vlast’ i oppozitsiya v Afganistane: osobennosti politicheskoi bor’byi v 1919-1953 gg. (English title: Government and opposition in Afghanistan: the features of political fighting in 1919-1953), Moscow-Barnaul: Institut Vostokovedeniia, Rossiiskaia Akademiia Nauk, 2010, 391 pp. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier , Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011, 270 pp. (Originally published as an e-book by Columbia University Press, 2008.) B. D. Hopkins, The Making of Modern Afghanistan , Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, 2008, 258 pp. May Schinasi, Kaboul 1773-1948: Naissance et Croissance d’une Capitale Royale , Napoli: Universita degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale,” 2008, 255 pp., plates and illustrations. It has been a banner last few years for the publication of scholarly works on the history of Afghanistan, a country often seen as peripheral, marginalized, not easily accommodated in one or another of the major area-studies compartments—South Asian, Central Asian, or Middle Eastern—and generally treated as a poor relation in Iranian studies. The books under review represent the rich diversity of historical
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