A Brief History of Afghanistan

A Brief History of Afghanistan

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Explores the history and culture of Afghanistan from prehistoric times through its current events, covering the political, cultural, and economic changes the country has undergone over the years.

Book News
Wahab (Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection, U. Library, U. of Nebraska, Omaha) provides a clear, concise history of Afghanistan's historical and cultural heritage, from 3000 BCE to the present, for students, scholars, and general readers. Following an overview of the land and the people, subsequent chapters examine the country's early history, the rise of Islam, the birth of modern Afghanistan, 20th-century monarchy, the coup and revolution in the 1970s, the Soviet period of 1979-1989, the subsequent years of rebellion, mujahideen rule in the 1990s, the Taliban era, and the aftermath of the civil war. The main text is supplemented with an appendix of basic facts, a chronology, bibliography, and list of suggested reading materials for each chapter, and is illustrated throughout with b&w photographs, maps and charts. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Facts on File
Located along the busy trade routes between Asia and Europe, Afghanistan was for centuries a place where a diverse set of cultures met and exchanged goods and ideas. It was also a country on the paths of many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Ashoka, and the Scythians, Parthians, Kushans, and the Ephthalites, or White Huns. All of these peoples have left their mark on the land, forming one of the most diverse societies in the world. In modern times, Afghanistan was invaded by the Soviet Union and then suffered a decade of civil war and rule by the Taliban, which was brought to an end by the United States in 2001. Afghanistan's economy has been devastated as a result of three years of drought and the continuous wars of the past decades.

A Brief History of Afghanistan provides a clear, concise account of this country's historical and cultural heritage, from 3000 BCE to the present. Comprehensive coverage examines the history of the country, its diverse peoples, its culture, and its political and economic situation. Current events, such as the attempts by the government to improve the country's security and economy and to establish a strong central government, are also included. Engaging sidebars, maps, illustrations, and tables are placed throughout the text, helping readers gain a better understanding of Afghanistan's history and peoples. This invaluable guide is perfect for those hoping to improve their knowledge of this country's tumultuous past and uncertain future.

Coverage includes:
  • The Rise of Islam to the Afghan State
  • The Birth of Modern Afghanistan
  • Twentieth-Century Monarchy
  • Two Revolutions
  • Soviet Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan in Rebellion
  • Mujahideen Rule
  • The Taliban Era
  • The Legacy of the Civil War
  • The Post-Taliban Era.

Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2007
Description: xii, 308 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780816057610
Branch Call Number: 958.1 Wah
Additional Contributors: Youngerman, Barry.


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