The History of Afghanistan, 2nd Edition

  • Meredith L. Runion
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  • ISBN-10: 1610697782
  • ISBN-13: 9781610697781
  • DDC: 958.1
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 272 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released July 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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For centuries, Afghanistan has endured control by a gamut of political regimes as a result of its strategic location along the trade route between Asia and the Middle East. The area has been at the center of constant conflict and only in recent years has recovered from the vestiges of warfare. The second edition of this popular reference offers a fresh glimpse at the country, showing modern Afghanistan to be a melting pot of cultures, tribes, and political influences all under the guiding belief of Islam. In addition to thorough coverage of the country's political, economic, and cultural history, the book provides students with an account of recent events in Afghanistan since 2007, such as the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and the removal of NATO soldiers. Other changes include a revised timeline, an updated glossary, additions to the notable figures appendix, and an expanded bibliography that includes electronic resources.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Advisory Board.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Other Frontmatter.
Timeline of Historical Events.
1: The Three Pillars of Afghanistan: Geography, People, and Islam.
2: Prehistory: The Emergence of Civilization in Ancient Afghanistan.
3: Early Civilization and the Nomadic People of Afghanistan.
4: Afghanistan from Hellenistic Culture to the Introduction of Islam.
5: The Mongolian Invasion of Afghanistan through the Shah Dynasty.
6: The Birth of Modern Afghanistan (1747–1826).
7: European Influence in Afghanistan (1826–1919).
8: From the Age of Reformation to the War with the Soviets (1919–1979).
9: The Soviet Invasion and Occupation of Afghanistan (1979–1989).
10: Afghan Fundamentalism and the Taliban Regime (1989-2001).
11: Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.
12: The Decade to Find Osama Bin Laden.
13: Looking Back: The Road to Democracy in Afghanistan.
14: The Future of Afghanistan.
Notable People in the History of Afghanistan.
Glossary of Frequently Used Terms.
Timeline of Rulers of Afghanistan.
Chronological List of Recent Leaders of Afghanistan.
About the Author.
Titles in the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations.