New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2003. 'This is a magisterial study of the troubled nation, from the accession of the Iron Amir in 1889 up to the Taliban, the war of the winter of 2001-02, and search for a new state structure thereafter'. History Today.
Since 11th September, Afganistan has dominated the news, as it often did during the Soviet occupation (1979-89). But even in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when its mountain ranges provided the arena where much of the Great Game was played out, Afganistan was the focal point of East-West relations. Squeezed between four empires - Russia, China, India and Persia - it has a tortured history that provides an extraordinary glimpse ointo the patterns of world movements. Today Afghanistan sits at the pivot of a region where a new Great Game is taking shape as the US positions itself into becoming a major player in Central Asia. This modern history of Afghanistan is aimed at historians, policy makers and all those interested in the state of the world today.NER(01): GB
Table of Contents
Foreword--Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan
Introduction: The Origins
Part I: The Building of the State
The 'Iron Amir'
The Afghan Monarchy
Daoud's Modernization Programme and the
The Democratic Experiment
The Abolition of the Monarchy and the Daoud
Part II: The Descent into Civil War and Anarchy
The 'Saur Revolution'
Prelude to the Soviet Invasion
The Sovietization of Afghanistan
Pakistan, the United States and the Afghan
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
Regional and International Reactions and
Pakistan and the Taliban
The Withered State
Holy War, Unholy Terror