The "Ancient Supremacy": Bukhara, Afghanistan and the Battle for Balkh, 1731-1901

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BRILL, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 695 pages
This work is a chronological account of the struggle between the Afghan Amirs of Kabul and the Manghit Dynasty of Bukhara for Balkh province ("wilayat") during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Drawing extensively on India Office Records, Persian and native oral sources, the book provides a unique insight into an important, but little-studied Central Asian region. Structured around the history of Maimana's Mingid dynasty, the book details the various military campaigns, whilst also examining critically Britain and Russia's role in the 'Afghanisation' of Balkh during the period of the 'Great Game'. The work is especially significant to historians since it questions conventional perceptions of Central Asia during the era of European imperialism. It examines too Balkh's social and economic situation. It includes numerous maps, charts, photographs and dynastic charts.
 

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Contents

List of Maps Plates Town Plans Sketches Drawings
xi
Maps
xxxi
The Land and Its Setting
1
Afghanistan and Surrounding Countries
2
The Origin of the Balkh Appanage 12201722
14
VI
18
Nadir Shah Afshar Haji Bi Ming and Ahmad Shah
62
From Jan Muhammad to Ali Yar Khan 17721829
92
Index
666
The Hazhda Nahr Eighteen Canals of Balkh
Map to illustrate the operations between Samur and Géok Tépé
Plan of the environs of the fortress of Denghil Tépé
Plates
The Arg of Maimana seat of the Mingid Dynasty Nieder meyer 1916
Maimana general view of city from the Talash Khan Hills Niedermeyer 1916
Maimana celebrating Nauroz at entrance to Arg Rybitschka 1916

Abd alMumin Khan and Mizrab Khan 18291845
130
Afghanistan
161
Hukumat Khan 18451862
206
Muhammad Husain Khan 18621876
282
Afghan Rule and Dilawar Khan 18761884
359
Muhammad Husain Khan 18841888
445
Muhammad Sharif Khan 18881892
530
Aftermath 18921901
594
Appendices
603
Units of Currency Distances Weights and Measures
610
Beglarbegis of Sari
613
Genealogies of ChingizidAmirid Dynasties of Balkh
616
Afghan Governors of Balkh c 17801895
635
Key to Footnoted Records in the India Office Library
648
Bibliography
654
Imam Sahib Maimana tombstone of unknown Mingid Khan Lee 1978
Maimana Madrasa founded by Mizrab Khan Ming Lee 1978
Mazari Sharif Ziyarat of Ishan Sudur and Ishan Uraq Lee 1993
Maimana town plan Grötzbach 1949
Maimana town plan Grötzbach 1973
Daolatabad fortress looking S W Peacocke 1886
Fort Maruchak Durand 1885
Sari Pul town and suburbs Jebens 1975
Sari Pul town and bazaars Jebens 1975
Shibarghan bastion and entrance to Arg Stuckert 1943
Shibarghan town plan Stuckert 1943
Andkhoi town and fort Durand 1886
Aqcha sketch of Arg Stuckert 1943
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Jonathan Lee, Ph.D. (1999), Leeds University, is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. Over the last 25 years he has published extensively on the history and archeology of Afghanistan and Central Asia, including "The Journals of Edward Stirling" (Naples, 1991). He has held numerous British Academy grants and fellowships. He is currently working on a stuy of the Armenian community of Afghanistan.

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