Examines the evolution of the modern Afghan state in the shadow of Britain's imperial presence in South Asia during the first half of the nineteenth century, and challenges the staid assumptions that the Afghans were little more than pawns in a larger Anglo-Russian imperial rivalry known as the 'Great Game'.
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B. D.HOPKINS is currently an Assistant Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. His work focuses on modern South Asian history, in particular that of Afghanistan and the northwest frontier during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is also co-author (with Magnus Marsden) of Fragments of the Afghan Frontier, as well as numerous journalarticles.Review:
'A complex book both in its argument and its presentation. [...] This is a book written with serious intent and deserves close scrutiny.' - Asian Affairs
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