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This course will examine the relationship between state and society in Afghanistan. We will analyze processes of centralization, modernization, socioeconomic development, as well as the spread of competing ideologies, ethnic conflict, and religious extremism. Topics include the latter period of the 'Great Game' and the delicate relationship between Afghanistan, Great Britain, and Russia; the period of political liberalization produced by the policies of King Zahir Shah; the coup d'etat of Sardar Daoud Khan; the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the cold war context; the collapse of the communist government; the emergence of the Taliban; the U.S. led military intervention; and the reconstruction government of Hamid Karzai.