Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics
A fascinating chronicle of a nation's turbulent history.
Reaching back to earliest times, Martin Ewans examines the historical evolution of one of today's most dangerous breeding grounds of global terrorism. After a succession of early dynasties and the emergence of an Afghan empire during the eighteenth century, the nineteenth and early twentieth century saw a fierce power struggle between Russia and Britain for supremacy in Afghanistan that was ended by the nation's proclamation of independence in 1919. A communist coup in the late 1970s overthrew the established regime and led to the invasion of Soviet troops in 1979. Roughly a decade later, the Soviet Union withdrew, condemning Afghanistan to a civil war that tore apart the nation's last remnants of religious, ethnic, and political unity. It was into this climate that the Taliban was born.
Today, war-torn and economically destitute, Afghanistan faces unique challenges as it looks toward an uncertain future. Martin Ewans carefully weighs the lessons of history to provide a frank look at Afghanistan's prospects and the international resonances of the nation's immense task of total political and economic reconstruction.
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Excellent book to get in to the complex and difficult subject that is Afghanistan. Ewans does a fantastic job of pulling together a whole range of sources to write a story that is both accessible in its style and useful in its analysis.
The book, because of its text length--about 250 pages if I recall--cannot address every single episode in the kind of detail one might like, but this does not take away from the utility of having one powerful resource that takes one through the human history of Afghanistan.
I would highly recommend this short history to any one looking to get quickly familiar with Afghanistan. Follow this up with Hopkirk's Great Game, Kaplan's Soldiers of God, Ahmed Rashid's Taliban, and Ann Jones' Winter in Kabul to reach further into different periods of history that Ewans does well in introducing.
The Retum of Daoud and the Saur Revolution
Khalq Rule and Soviet 1nvasion
Occupation and Resistance
Humiliation and Withdrawal
18 Enter the Taliban
The Taliban Regime
Oil Drugs and 1ntemational Terrorism
2t The Fall of the Taliban
Amanullah and the Drive for Modemization
The Rule of the Brothers
The First Decade
King Zahir and Cautious Constitutionalism
The Durrani Dynasty