History - Central Asian


  • Afghan Lessons

    By Fernando Gentilini

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780815724230
    • Publisher: Brookings Inst Pr
    • Published: April 2013
    For nearly two years, Fernando Gentilini lived in war-torn Afghanistan as a civilian envoy. From July 2008 to February 2010, Gentilini, a diplomat with twenty years of experience in crisis management and multilateral and European affairs, was the civilian representative of NATO, running a counterinsurgency campaign in the troubled nation. Afghan Lessons presents the fascinating story of Gentilini's mission, taking readers on an eye-opening journey of Afghanistan: its people, its society, and its politics.Gentilini's firsthand account looks at the nation through a kaleidoscope. He explores Afghan history, literature, and tradition, while also reflecting on the international mission in Afghanistan from both a diplomatic and military standpoint. Gentilini examines Afghan culture in an effort to understand some of the most basic questions of Western involvement: Why are we there? What does an international presence mean, and how can it help?Copublished with the Italian National School of Public Administration (SSPA).
  • Afghanistan

    By Ralph H. Magnus

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780813340197
    • Publisher: WESTVIEW PRESS
    • Published: May 2002
    Revised & updated edition. This introductory study details Afghanistan's physical situation, human environment, and modern history, as well as the rise and fall of competing internal forces, including the Taliban. The authors offer analytical insights into the country's political position within the restructured Central Asian region, the ethnic relationships that complicate its political history, and the potential for stability - set against current world events (2002). Chronology of Events, Notes, Index. B&W illus. 289p.
  • An Afghanistan Picture Show or, How I Saved the World

    By William T. Vollmann

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374101053
    • Publisher: Farrar Strauss Giroux
    • Published: July 1992
    Recounting his journey through war-torn Afghanistan, the author describes the orphans, refugees, guerrilla leaders, bureaucrats, corrupt officials, and has-been politicians in the region
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity

    By Riaz Mohammad Khan

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781421403847
    • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
    • Published: August 2011
    Pakistani diplomat Khan (Foreign Secretary from 2005 to 2008, among other positions) presents a "broad-brush treatment" of events relating to Afghanistan and Pakistan from the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in 1989 to, essentially, 2009 (although some 2010 events were incorporated into the discussion following substantial completion). This "broad brush" treatment is supplemented by incorporating his own personal experiences, perspectives, and conclusions into the larger narrative, which focuses on issues related to the post-Soviet dynamics of the Afghan conflict, the fragmentation of Afghanistan under warlords, the accentuation of ethnic divisions, the rise of the Taliban, the US invasion and occupation, and the spilling over of the conflict into Pakistan. Distributed in the US by Johns Hopkins University Press. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, & the Rise of the Taliban

    By Larry P. Goodson

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780295981116
    • Publisher: Washington
    • Published: June 2001
    A history based on Taliban interviews & field research, written before the fall of the Taliban.
  • Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban

    By Larry P. Goodson

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780295980508
    • Published: May 2001
    Analyzes the geopolitical situation of post-Cold War Afghanistan; its interior ethnic, religious, social, and geographical differences; the effects of the Afghan war; and the changes that the Taliban have wrought on the nation.
  • Afghanistan: A Cultural & Political History

    By Thomas Barfield

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780691145686
    • Publisher: PRINCETON UP
    • Published: April 2010
    This book traces the historic struggles & the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the 16th century to the Taliban resurgence today. It introduces readers tothe bewildering diversity of tribal & ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, & political differences that divide them. The book shows how governing these peoples was relatively easy when power was concentrated in a small dynastic elite, but how this delicate political order broke down in the 19th & 20th centuries when Afghanistan's rulers mobilized rural militias to expel the British & later the Soviets.
  • Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)

    By Thomas Barfield

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780691154411
    • Publisher: Princeton University Press
    • Published: March 2012
    This volume traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them. He vividly describes how Afghanistan’s armed factions, plunged the country into a civil war, giving rise to clerical rule by the Taliban and isolating Afghanistan from the world. He examines why the American invasion in the wake of 9/11 toppled the Taliban so quickly, and how this easy victory lulled the United States into falsely believing that a viable state could be built just as easily. Notes, References, Index. Illus., 2 text figures; 7 maps. 389p.
  • Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War Against the Taliban (Updated Version)

    By Stephen Tanner

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306818264
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: April 2009
    A complete military history of Afghanistan traces more than 2,500 years of conflict, from clashes against the Persians, Greeks, and British, through the defeat of the Soviet Union in the 1980s and the rise and fall of the Taliban.
  • Afghanistan: A Modern History

    By Angelo Rasanayagam

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781860648465
    • Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    • Published: May 2003
    An account that traces the country's development from the accession of Abdul Rahman Khan, the 'Iron Amir,' in 1880 up to the demise of the Taliban in the winter of 2001 & the current rebuilding.
  • Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics

    By Martin Ewans

    Our Price: $5.95 - $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060505080
    • Publisher: Perennial
    • Published: September 2002
    The author examines the historical evolution of a country that has in recent times come to be known as one of the 'most dangerous breeding grounds of global terrorism.' The lessons of history are carefully weighedin the context of Afghanistan's immense task of political and economic reconstruction in the aftermath of the Taliban regime, telescoped forward from a history that began during the 18th century after a succession of early dynasties andthe emergence of an Afghan empire. Notes, bibliography, index. 37 b&w illus. & 8 maps. 338p.
  • Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture)

    By Paula Bronstein

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    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781477309391
    • Publisher: University of Texas Press
    • Published: August 2016
    The Afghan people are standing at a crucial crossroads in history. Can their fragile democratic institutions survive the drawdown of US military support? Will Afghan women and girls be stripped of their modest gains in freedom and opportunity as the West loses interest in their plight? While the media have largely moved on from these stories, Paula Bronstein remains passionately committed to bearing witness to the lives of the Afghan people. In this powerful photo essay, she goes beyond war coverage to reveal the full complexity of daily life in what may be the world's most reported on yet least known country.Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear presents a photographic portrait of this war-torn country's people across more than a decade. With empathy born of the challenges of being an American female photojournalist working in a conservative Islamic country, Bronstein gives voice to those Afghans, particularly women and children, rendered silent during the violent Taliban regime. She documents everything from the grave trials facing the country—human rights abuses against women, poverty and the aftermath of war, and heroin addiction, among them—to the stirrings of new hope, including elections, girls' education, and work and recreation. Fellow award-winning journalist Christina Lamb describes the gains that Afghan women have made since the overthrow of the Taliban, as well as the daunting obstacles they still face. An eloquent portrait of everyday life,Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear is the most complete visual narrative history of the country currently in print.
  • Afghanistan: Forging Civilizations along the Silk Road (The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia)

    By Joan Aruz

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    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300179545
    • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Published: May 2012
    The symposium that was held in 2009 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, on the occasion of the exhibition "Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul," brought together an exceptional group of scholars responsible for the excavation and interpretation of the magnificent works on view in the show. The title of the exhibition, "Hidden Treasures," alludes to the bravery of our Afghan colleagues, who—upon witnessing the destruction of the National Museum and the subsequent attacks by the Taliban—protected their artistic heritage for twenty-five years, only revealing in 2003 that these treasures were safely stored in a secure bank vault. The exhibition and the symposium celebrate their "rediscovery," one of the great triumphs for cultural preservation of the twentieth century and a story recounted here in an essay on the history of the National Museum by its heroic director, Omara Khan Maddoudi.Afghanistan, standing at the crossroads of major trade routes, has a long and complex history. Its rich cultural heritage bears the imprint of many traditions, from Greece and Iran to the nomadic world of the Eurasian steppes and China. The essays in this volume concentrate on periods of great artistic development: the Bactrian Bronze Age and the eras following the conquests of Alexander the Great, with a special focus on the sites of Aï Khanum, Begram, and Tillya Tepe. These contributions—in response to the reappearance of the magnificent hidden treasures from Afghanistan and their exhibition—have shed new light on the significance of these works and have reinvigorated the discussion of the arts and culture of Central Asia.
  • Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderland

    By David Isby

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781605981895
    • Publisher: Pegasus
    • Published: July 2011
    Veteran defense analyst and Afghanistan expert David Isby provides an insightful and meticulously research look at the current situation in Afghanistan, its history, and what he believes must be done so that the US and NATO coalition can succeed. The task of implementing an effective US policy and cementing Afghani rule is hampered by with Isby sees as separate but overlapping conflicts between terrorism, narcotics, and regional rivalries, each requiring different strategies of resolve. Pulling these various threads together will be the challenge for the present [Obama] administration, yet it is a challenge that can be, necessarily, met, but merely adding to the legacy of a country that has historically been acknowledged as “the graveyard of empires.” Sources, Index. 442p.
  • Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderland

    By David Isby

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781605980829
    • Publisher: Pegasus Books
    • Published: April 2010
    Afghanistan is a country torn apart by violence and poverty, and its future course will have an immeasurable impact on the rest of the world. In 'Afghanistan,' veteran defense analyst David Isby presentsa detailed, comprehensive account of the workings of modern Afghanistan, the country's tumultuous history, and what must be done to ensure success for the region's future. The Afghanistan that has emerged from years of poverty and adversarial relations with the U.S. is plagued by ruthless warlords and dangerous rouge factions that struggle for dominance. Yet the future of Afghanistan is not hopeless, and this insightful guide offers strategies for new hope.