Afghanistan

Explores how the history, climate, geography, ethnology, wars, and religion of Afghanistan have shaped the customs and practices of modern daily life in the mountains, deserts, and cities.

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Author: Erinn Banting

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company

ISBN: 0778793362

Category: History

Page: 32

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Explores how the history, climate, geography, ethnology, wars, and religion of Afghanistan have shaped the customs and practices of modern daily life in the mountains, deserts, and cities.

Afghanistan

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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Author: Martin Ewans

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060505087

Category: History

Page: 368

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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.

Afghanistan

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Author: Donald Newton Wilber

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015040783493

Category: Afghanistan

Page: 320

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Afghanistan Venture Discovering the Afghan People

To me it had seemed evident that climatic conditions in Arizona are more comparable to those of Afghanistan, ... And now I could not close this narrative without paying humble tribute to the character of the Afghan people, as personally ...

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Author: Paul S. Jones

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B678531

Category: Afghanistan

Page: 454

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Modern Afghanistan

As the "global war on terror" now stretches into the 21st century with no clear end in sight, Identity and Politics in Modern Afghanistan collects the work of interdisciplinary scholars, aid workers, and citizens to assess the impact of ...

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Author: Nazif Shahrani

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253033260

Category: History

Page: 456

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What impact does 40 years of war, violence, and military intervention have on a country and its people? As the "global war on terror" now stretches into the 21st century with no clear end in sight, Identity and Politics in Modern Afghanistan collects the work of interdisciplinary scholars, aid workers, and citizens to assess the impact of this prolonged conflict on Afghanistan. Nearly all of the people in Afghan society have been affected by persistent violent conflict. Identity and Politics in Modern Afghanistan focuses on social and political dynamics, issues of gender, and the shifting relationships between tribal, sectarian, and regional communities. Contributors consider topics ranging from masculinity among the Afghan Pashtun to services offered for the disabled, and from Taliban extremism to the role of TV in the Afghan culture wars. Prioritizing the perspective and experiences of the people of Afghanistan, new insights are shared into the lives of those who are hoping to build a secure future on the rubble of a violent past.

Across the Divide

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Author: William T. Vollmann

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:822963404

Category: Afghanistan

Page: 58

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Afghanistan Culture Smart

Visitors are struck by the simplicity, hospitability, dignity, and generosity of the Afghan people, and often confounded by customs that they find hard to understand. Culture Smart!

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Author: Nazes Afroz

Publisher: Kuperard

ISBN: 9781857336801

Category: Travel

Page: 168

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Afghanistan is situated at the crossroads of Asia, a strategically important location that connects the Middle East with Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Down the ages it has been subjected to continuous foreign invasion and intervention—from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, and as a pawn in the struggle between the British and Russian Empires—making its people wary of outsiders. That history is being repeated in the twenty-first century. Afghanistan has always been seen from the outside as a realm of much intrigue and many myths. The Afghans tried to keep their distance from the outside world—especially from the Europeans who, whether in pursuit of imperial goals or simply as explorer–travelers, attempted to enter and traverse the land. Their very elusiveness attracted Westerners to this landlocked country of high mountains and breathtaking beauty, where age-old customs and traditions were zealously guarded, sometimes at the cost of many lives. The Afghan people are a tapestry of ethnicities woven over time—Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks, and many smaller ones. Society is organized mainly along ethnic and tribal lines, but ethnic identity becomes irrelevant when a common enemy threatens to take control of the country. There are also many shared values and unwritten codes of conduct that govern interpersonal relations, which are not taken lightly. Visitors are struck by the simplicity, hospitability, dignity, and generosity of the Afghan people, and often confounded by customs that they find hard to understand. Culture Smart! Afghanistan is a unique introduction to the background, habits, traditions, idiosyncrasies, suspicions about foreigners, and patterns of behavior of the Afghan people. It offers visitors invaluable information and insights that will help them to interact with Afghans, to interpret their behavior, and to behave appropriately in their company, whether in personal or business exchanges. Once the ice is broken, the rewards will be great.

Other People s Wars

Based on thousands of leaked New Zealand military and intelligence documents, extensive interviews with military and intelligence officers and eye-witness accounts from the soldiers on the ground, Nicky Hager tells the story of these years.

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Author: Nicky Hager

Publisher: Craig Potton Publishing

ISBN: 1877517690

Category: Afghan War, 2001-

Page: 439

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The 'war on terror' in Afghanistan and beyond has been the longest foreign war in New Zealand history, yet most New Zealanders know almost nothing about their country's part in it. For ten years, nearly everything controversial or potentially unpopular was kept secret, and obscured by a steady flow of military public relations stories. Based on thousands of leaked New Zealand military and intelligence documents, extensive interviews with military and intelligence officers and eye-witness accounts from the soldiers on the ground, Nicky Hager tells the story of these years. New Zealand was far more involved than the public realised in this crucial period of world history. He tells how the military and bureaucracy used the war on terror to pursue private agendas, even when this meant misleading and ignoring the decisions of the elected government.

Afghanistan

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Author: Henry Walter Bellew

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:918024360

Category:

Page: 91

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The Helmand Baluch

The results of his work were published in Farsi as a descriptive ethnographic monograph. The Helmand Baluch is the first English translation of Amiri’s extraordinary encounters.

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Author: Ghulam Rahman Amiri

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781800730434

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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In the 1970s, in his capacity as government representative from the Afghan Institute of Archaeology, Ghulam Rahman Amiri accompanied a joint Afghan-US archaeological mission to the Sistan region of southwest Afghanistan. The results of his work were published in Farsi as a descriptive ethnographic monograph. The Helmand Baluch is the first English translation of Amiri’s extraordinary encounters. This rich ethnography describes the cultural, political, and economic systems of the Baluch people living in the lower Helmand River Valley of Afghanistan. It is an area that has received little study since the early 20th Century, yet is a region with a remarkable history in one of the most volatile territories in the world.

The Fragmentation of Afghanistan

Anyone who wants to understand Afghanistan's troubled history and the reasons for its present distress should read this book."--Foreign Affairs "This is the book on Afghanistan for the educated public."--Political Science Quarterly

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Author: Barnett R. Rubin

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300095198

Category: History

Page: 378

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This monumental book examines Afghan society in conflict, from the 1978 communist coup to the fall of Najibullah, the last Soviet-installed president, in 1992. This edition, newly revised by the author, reflects developments since then and includes material on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. It is a book that now seems remarkably prescient. Drawing on two decades of research, Barnett R. Rubin, a leading expert on Afghanistan, provides a fascinating account of the nature of the old regime, the rise and fall of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, and the troubled Mujahidin resistance. He relates all these phenomena to international actors, showing how the interaction of U.S. policy and Pakistani and Saudi Arabian interests has helped to create the challenges of today. Rubin puts into context the continuing turmoil in Afghanistan and offers readers a coherent historical explanation for the country's social and political fragmentation. Praise for the earlier edition: "This study is theoretically informed, empirically grounded, and gracefully written. Anyone who wants to understand Afghanistan's troubled history and the reasons for its present distress should read this book."--Foreign Affairs "This is the book on Afghanistan for the educated public."--Political Science Quarterly

Invisible History

A fresh and comprehensive analysis of Afghanistan's political history emphasizing the impact of US interventions

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Author: Paul Fitzgerald

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106019715967

Category: History

Page: 389

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Presents the political history of Afghanistan, provides a critical analysis of U.S. policy towards the country, and reveals how it has been manipulated by the United States and other great powers.