The History of Afghanistan (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - History - 155 pages
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After the September 11th attacks on America, many nations became entrenched in the War on Terror. With this escalating conflict came the names of many countries that the American public knew little about. Prior to 9/11, Americans knew Afghanistan simply as a country in the Middle East area. In the aftermath of 9/11, Americans now associate Afghanistan with words like Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Despite the recent press coverage on this land-locked nation, few understand the history of Afghanistan, including the rich cultural aspects, political climate, and society of this country. As the future of Afghanistan is being lived and written right now, a clear understanding of the country's history is imperative in our new global circumstances.

Ideal for students and general readers, the "History of Afghanistan" is part of Greenwood's "Histories of Modern Nations" series. With nearly forty nation's histories in print, these books provide readers with a concise, up-to-date history of countries throughout the world. Reference features include a biographical section highlighting famous figures in Afghanistan history, a timeline of important historical events, a glossary of terms, and a bibliographical essay with suggestions for further reading.

  

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Contents

An Introduction to Afghanistan The Land and People
1
Prehistory The Emergence of Civilization in Ancient Afghanistan
13
Early Civilization and the Nomadic People of Afghanistan
21
Afghanistan from the Greek Hellenistic Culture to the Introduction of Islam
39
The Mongolian Invasion through the Shah Dynasty
53
The Durrani Empire through the AngloAfghan Wars 18391919
67
From the Age of Reformation to the War with the Soviets 19191979
87
The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Civil War 19791992
105
Fundamentalism and the Taliban Regime 19922001
119
Democracy and the Future of Afghanistan
131
Notable Figures in Afghanistan
135
Glossary of Frequently Used Terms
141
Works Referenced and Suggested Further Readings
147
Index
151
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About the author (2007)

MEREDITH L. RUNION is a Program Manager for the Federal Government.

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