The people of Afghanistan, torn by war, ethnic strife and geoeconomic contestation for their country’s rich natural resources, have paid by forsaking the assurances of daily life. But President Ashraf Ghani has shown them that normalcy can return and it is possible to hold regular elections. The author, a guest of the President and First Lady, travelled through the country in October 2018 to record her impressions of a resilient people who have reason to hope for a different future
former Visiting Fellow
Huri Islamoglu is Visiting Fellow at Gateway House, She has been Professor of Economic History, Bogazici University, Istanbul; Visiting Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), and New York University. Her publications include (with Peter Perdue) Shared Histories of Modernity in China, India and the Ottoman empire (2009), Constituting Modernity: Private Property in the East and West (2004), Ottoman Empire and the World Economy (1987); State and Peasant in the Ottoman Empire (1994). She has written and lectured in fields of economic history, political economy, legal history, rural history, history of the state and administration, globalization and agriculture, global governance and law. She is engaged in writing a world history. She focuses on the concern for government and in that relation law (statecraft) as a common thread that binds together histories of different world regions since the 15th century in a world historical of continued commercial expansion and military/political competition among political entities. Geographically her work addresses Ming and Qing China, Ottoman empire, Germany and England in the 19th centuries. She is also interested in issues of governing the present-day global societies, and what law is in that context. She is interested to participate in conversations with economic historians, historians who work on comparative or transnational history as well as in engaging in conversations with jurists on global governance and law. Huri has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1979, an M.A. in Economic history, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972, has worked in the Economic History, Ph.D. program, at University of Chicago, 1967‑ 1969, Economics and History, BS University of Chicago, Ohio, 1965‑67, Economics
World History, International Political Economy, Global Governance
Last modified: April 11, 2019
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