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Afghanistan : a short history of its people and politics, Martin Ewans, (book)

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Afghanistan : a short history of its people and politics
Title
Afghanistan
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a short history of its people and politics
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Martin Ewans
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Language
eng
Summary
This book examines the troubled history of a nation whose global relevance continues to hold the international spotlight. Reaching as far back as the seventh century A.D., when Arab armies imported the new religion of Islam into a predominantly Buddhist country, Martin Ewans shows how centuries of invasions, fierce tribal rivalries, and powerful dynasties led to the creation of an Afghan empire during the eighteenth century. From there he moves on to examine the various milestones on the country's road to the twenty-first century. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Afghanistan was caught up in the "Great Game," the struggle between Britain and Russia for supremacy in Central Asia, until it was finally able to declare independence in 1919. The ruling Afghan dynasty was overthrown by a communist coup in the 1970s, which was answered in turn by a Soviet invasion in 1979. Roughly a decade later, the Soviet Union was forced to withdraw and left Afghanistan with a civil war that was to tear apart the nation's last remnants of religious and ethnic unity. It was into this climate that the Taliban was born. What emerges in Ewans's prose is the story of a once powerful empire whose traditions and political stability have in recent years been reduced to ruins. Today Afghanistan is war-torn and economically destitute, struggling under a brutal and extremist regime. Martin Ewans, a former senior diplomat in the British embassy in Afghanistan, carefully and concisely weighs the lessons of history to provide a frank look at Afghanistan's fragile relationship with its neighboring countries and the national and international resonances of the Taliban's concept of Islamic society
Title
Afghanistan
Creator
Summary
Examines the history, people, politics, religion, geography, and culture of Afghanistan, offering a revealing portrait of the war-ravaged nation and the Taliban regime and including new information covering events up to spring 2002
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Genre
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
958.1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
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  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS356
LC item number
.E95 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
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Martin Ewans
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Afghanistan : a short history of its people and politics, Martin Ewans, (book)
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy031/2002017342.html
Publication
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-232) and index
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Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1 Early History -- 2 The Emergence of the Afghan Kingdom -- 3 The Rise of Dost Mohammed -- 4 The First Anglo-Afghan War -- 5 Dost Mohammed and Sher Ali -- 6 The Second Anglo-Afghan War -- 7 Abdur Rahman, The 'Iron Amir' -- 8 Habibullah and the Politics of Neutrality -- 9 Amanullah and the Drive for Modernisation -- 10 The Rule of the Brothers -- 11 Daoud: The First Decade -- 12 King Zahir and Cautious Constitutionalism -- 13 The Return of Daoud and the Saur Revolution -- 14 Khalq Rule and Soviet Invasion -- 15 Occupation and Resistance -- 16 Humiliation and Withdrawal -- 17 Civil War -- 18 Enter the Taliban -- 19 Afghanistan and the Wider World -- 20 The Taliban and the Future -- 21 Epilogue
Control code
14957903
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 244 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780060505073
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002017342
Other physical details
ill., maps
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14957903
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm48795881
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