Afghanistan: A Modern History

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Afghanistan has long been the focal point of East-West relations, from the 19th and early 20th centuries when its mountain ranges provided the arena where the world's greatest powers sought to expand their influence to its center role in international struggles today. Squeezed between four empires--Russia, China, India, and Persia--Afghanistan's tortured history provides an extraordinary glimpse into the patterns of world movements. This serious, yet accessible history of modern Afghanistan is of vital importance for understanding the country's current crisis and is essential reading for historians, policy makers, and all those interested in the state of the world today.

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Angelo Rasanayagam was Chief of Mission for the UN in Iran and a number of other countries, before becoming Director of the UNHCR office in Peshawar, Pakistan.

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Book Description I.B.Tauris Co Ltd., United Kingdom, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 232 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Afghanistan dominates the news today, as it often did during the Soviet occupation two decades ago. But even in the 19th and early 20th centuries at the height of the Great Game, Afghanistan was the focal point of East-West relations. Squeezed between Russia, China, India and Persia, its tortured history provides an extraordinary glimpse into the patterns of world politics. Today, Afghanistan sits at the pivot of a region where a new Great Game is taking shape, pitched between America, its rivals and the peoples of Central Asia. Bookseller Inventory # AA79781850438571

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Book Description I B Tauris & Company/Viva Books, 2011. Softcover. Book Condition: New. First edition. Since September 11th 2001 Afghanistan has dominated the news, as it did for a decade during the Soviet occupation (1979-89), and long before, when, in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, its mountain ranges formed the backdrop to the Great Game. Angelo Rasanayagam has revised and updated his magisterial work, which is the first major history of modern Afghanistan. It traces the country?s development from the succession of Abdul Rahman Khan, the ?Iron Amir? in 1880, through to the demise of the Taliban under US bombing over the winter of 2001 and the interim regime that was subsequently established in Kabul by Hamid Karzai. Afghanistan: A Modern History is of vital importance for understanding the country?s current crisis and the challenges it faces. Angelo Rasanayagam?s book is essential reading for historians, policy-makers, journalists, students and all those interested in the state of the world history. Contents: Foreword by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan ? Preface and Acknowledgements ? Maps ? Introduction: Origins ? Part I: THE BUILDING OF THE STATE ? The ?Iron Amir?: Abdur Rahman Khan (1880-1901) ? The Afghan Monarchy ? Daoud?s Modernization Programme and the Pashtunistan Issue (1953-63) ? The Democratic Experiment (1963-73) ? The Abolition of the Monarchy and the Daoud Presidency (1973-83) ? Part II: THE DESCENT INTO CIVIL WAR AND ANARCHY ? The ?Saur Revolution? (1978-79) ? Prelude to the Soviet Invasion ? The Sovietization of Afghanistan (1979-89) ? Pakistan, the United States and the Afghan Resistance ? The Geneva Accords and the Soviet Withdrawal ? Part III: THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE STATE ? The Fragmentation of Afghanistan ? Afghan Buzkashi: The Players and the Stakes (1989-98) ? Regional and International Reactions and Repercussions ? Pakistan and the Taliban ? The Withered State (1996-2001) ? Part IV: THE RUDE AWAKENING ? Holy War, Unholy Terror ? Winning a War, Building the Peace ? Epilogue. Printed Pages: 328. Bookseller Inventory # 74267

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