Trials of the Past: A Theoretical Approach to State Centralisation in Afghanistan

  title={Trials of the Past: A Theoretical Approach to State Centralisation in Afghanistan},
  author={Aidan Parkes},
  journal={History and Sociology of South Asia},
  pages={149 - 159}
  • A. Parkes
  • Published 27 April 2018
  • Political Science
  • History and Sociology of South Asia
Abstract German sociologist Max Weber observes that the centralisation of administrative function is imperative to a stable nation state. Yet, despite this sovereign necessity, attempts at incorporating heterogeneous sociopolitical entities into a cohesive society eluded nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Afghanistan. Ahmad Shah Durrani is known as the father of Afghanistan. He bears this title because he unified a collection of tribes and established a pseudo-confederation of territories… 

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