Aug 20, 2021 • 54M

The Fall of the Safavids and the Hotak Dynasty

Is Afghanistan really the "Graveyard of Empires"?

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Derek Davison
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I thought it might be appropriate to dig into a little Afghanistan history this week, specifically to counter the “graveyard of empires” canard. But what was supposed to be one episode on the Durrani Empire (the foundation of modern Afghanistan) turned, perhaps unsurprisingly, into two episodes in the middle of recording. So this week we talk about the …

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