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By M. Hassan Kakar

This political and diplomatic heritage of overdue nineteenth-century Afghanistan and its significant ethnic teams lays naked how the floor used to be laid for the emergence of Afghanistan as a countryside in addition to for the implementation of schemes of modernization.

It describes how Amir Sher ‘Ali Khan and, extra totally, Amir ‘Abd al-Rahman Khan for the 1st time consolidated the authority of the primary executive on the price of the conventional independent neighborhood magnates, and therefore controlled to prepare a centralized monarchical nation and expand its direct rule thoughout Afghanistan.

They did so within the days of what has turn into often called the good video game for the mastery of valuable Asian states. even though the good video game ended in the relief of Afghanistan in dimension, it additionally resulted in the transparent demarcation of its barriers in keeping with overseas agreements.

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Upon his arrival in Charikar, on 20 July 1880, Sardar 'Abd alRahman Khan was publicly hailed as amir,69 by a large assembly of men representing the National Party.

44 Ibid. 22 chapter one time the government opened a school along with a military academy. The schools were, of course, in addition to the madrasas (traditional seminaries) which had existed in Afghanistan since the time of Emperor Sultan Mahmud of Ghazna, in the eleventh century. Even after it had been reformed the government was still unable to rule directly over the entire country. It controlled only cities, towns and their dependencies as well as those areas where contingents of troops were stationed.

Thus, allegiance to his successor was not automatically transferred; rather, the successor had to command it, and the moment the reigning amir disappeared for whatever reason, powerful forces were ready to assert themselves. Among these forces, personal ambition was the most important, while the forces of regionalism and tribalism were still strong against which centralism and modernism had begun to operate on a large scale for the first time. As previously noted, the most important instrument of power in the hands of the government was the army.

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