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"Afghanistan and the Coloniality of Diplomacy: The British Legation in Kabul, 1922-1948"

Dr Maximilian Drephal

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Thursday, 5 December 2019,
18:00 to 20:00

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In 1919, Afghanistan regained its independence from British imperial overrule. Independence prompted a renegotiation of Afghanistan’s international relations with the world at large as well as, specifically, with the Indian Empire. At the end of this process, colonialism’s governmental practices materialised in the shape of a diplomatic mission in Kabul. In the age of Afghan independence, the British Legation emerged as a microcosm that compounded colonial knowledge for the purposes of Anglo-Afghan diplomatic relations during and beyond the ‘end of empire’. The paper offers a history of the British Legation, its people and practices, and how these histories speak to the international history of Afghanistan as well as understandings of independence, decolonisation and the making of diplomatic missions in the twentieth century.

Dr Maximilian Drephal is Lecturer in History in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Suffolk. He is a historian of empire, who specialises in the international history of modern Afghanistan. He holds a PhD in History from Loughborough University and an MA in History and English from the Freie Universität Berlin, having also studied also at the University of Manchester. Dr Maximilian Drephal is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has previously taught at the University of Sheffield and Loughborough University.



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