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30 Nov 2008 description

Introduction: Afghanistan's social structures in the context of state- building and state crisis

Despite many ups and downs, the region today known as Afghanistan has by no means been a stateless territory throughout most of its known history. Ruling elites were repeatedly able to establish sets of social relations with both social groups and local elites, and these relationships have enabled them to exercise control and influence over people, territories and resources, as well as to obtain recognition from neighbouring states.