Afghanistan: A Modern History

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$21.06
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $14.14
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 43%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $14.14   
  • New (7) from $14.11   
  • Used (5) from $25.92   

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Excellent - a veritable textbook, and a reference source for anyone interested in Afghanistan."--Thomas Withington, Jane's Intelligence Review

"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

"Rasanayagam's work connects a difficult past with a difficult present in order to extract necessary lessons for the future. He presents a complex history, which will be understood by the general reader, drawing attention to a large range of issues in the contemporary world."--Zahir Tanin, BBC

"Well written, succinct, accessible, analytical, objective and balanced - this is one of the best introductions to the history of modern Afghanistan available to the general public."--Baqr Moin, Head, BBC Persian Service

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850438571
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/5/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan
• Preface & Acknowledgments
• Maps
• Introduction: The Origins
• Part 1: The Bullding 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 (1973-78)
• Part II: The Descent into Civil War and Anarchy
• The 'Saur Revolution' (1978-79)
• Prelude to the Soviet Invasion
• The Sovietisation 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
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)