The second world war and political dynamics in Afghanistan

Faridullah Bezhan

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This paper explores how the Second World War brought a new breadth to Afghanistani politics despite the fact that the country did not participate in the war. It widened the power struggle between members of the royal family and introduced new players to the scene who, by fighting for their own interests, shaped the course of events. The paper looks at the main political issues which caused division within the ruling class, mobilized the educated classes, and shaped Afghanistani politics. It also examines those players who brought about the new political developments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175 - 191
Number of pages17
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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