The History of Afghanistan

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - History - 155 pages

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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The Emergence of Civilization
Afghanistan from the Greek Hellenistic Culture
The Mongolian Invasion through the Shah Dynasty
The Durrani Empire through the AngloAfghan Wars
From the Age of Reformation to the War with
The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Civil War 19791992
Fundamentalism and the Taliban Regime 19922001
Democracy and the Future of Afghanistan
Glossary of Frequently Used Terms
Works Referenced and Suggested Further Readings

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Meredith L. Runion is a Program Manager for the Federal Government.

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