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Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes$
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Nile Green

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190247782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247782.001.0001

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Uzbek Oral Histories of Migration and War

Uzbek Oral Histories of Migration and War

Remembering the Early Twentieth Century in Northern Afghanistan

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(p.235) 8 Uzbek Oral Histories of Migration and War
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Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes
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Ingeborg Baldauf

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247782.003.0009

Chapter 8 turns to the oral historiography of the Uzbeks of northern Afghanistan as recorded in the early twenty-first century. In a powerful parting reminder of the partisan qualities of historical writing, Ingeborg Baldauf distinguishes written history from memory to show how Afghan Uzbeks remember their past as one of oppression by the ruling powers and their local ethnic affiliates. By finally focusing on narratives of migration into Afghanistan across the Amu Darya river, and the fraught sense of belonging they imply, these stories from the porous borders of Afghanistan remind us that the “who” and “where” of Afghan history are still very much in debate.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, History, Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Uzbek, Oral history, Migration, Memory, Historiography, History-writing

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