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The North Afghan Border Tribes

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IN a paper on “Afghan Ethnology,” published in NATURE, January 22, 1880, a comprehensive survey was given by this writer of all the varied racial elements in Afghanistan. Here it is proposed to deal exclusively and somewhat more fully with the northern peoples lying along and about the new boundary line proposed to be laid down between the now conterminous Anglo-Indian and Russian empires. Were the importance of ethnological studies understood or recognised by British statesmen, it would be needless to insist upon an accurate knowledge of the tribal relations in this border-land before determining the future line of demarcation between the two States. As matters stand, nothing can be done beyond supplying a few authentic data, which, if not too late, may possibly help our Boundary Commissioners to appreciate the gravity of the situation.

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