Afghanistan

Afghanistan

by David Downing
     
 

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Afghanistan has dominated the news in recent years. Power struggles have led to war on an international scale. Afghans face ongoing suffering, while terrorists operating from the country have shaken the rest of the world.  See more details below

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Afghanistan has dominated the news in recent years. Power struggles have led to war on an international scale. Afghans face ongoing suffering, while terrorists operating from the country have shaken the rest of the world.

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Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Can an understanding of this complex part of the world be any more vital to today's student? This book goes a long way to making the war-torn country of Afghanistan more accessible to today's upper elementary and middle school reader. Given the nature of events in this country, it should come as no surprise that the book is targeted towards those at or above the fourth grade. Visually attractive in a news-like format, using short paragraphs, maps, and lots of sidebars, this book helps explain the history behind how this isolated, mountainous, and poor country has come to dominate the United States' foreign policy. Tracing Afghanistan's troubled modern history from the rise of Communism in the 1970s to the Taliban takeover in the 1990s, it becomes clear that this country has long been a center of conflict. The fact that modernization and the development of a vital economy have eluded this part of the world helps explain the allure of the country's prolific terrorist cells and opium-producing poppy crops. Part of a six-title "Global Hot Spots" series, this nonfiction title includes a glossary, an index, and a fact page summarizing Afghanistan's geography, demographics, and economy. Balanced in its approach, including quotes from a variety of sources, this would be a good addition to any library or classroom. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Primary-source excerpts and narrative help students understand the issues that have divided the populations and created civil wars. Each book opens with a brief overview of the conditions that led to the armed conflict and explains why primary sources are important to consider when telling the story. What follows is about 20 spreads that pair discussions of significant events on the left with the relevant excerpts from period writings and documents on the right. The final section examines the lessons that have been learned from the conflict. Although both authors are objective about the competing ideologies and agendas of the warring factions, the brevity of the books and the format limit the amount of background and information that can be included. Still, these titles allow students to see the myriad factors that contribute to civil strife and to better understand that conflicts are created and sustained by more than one faction. Full-color and black-and-white photos, reproductions, and maps add to the texts.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761431770
Publisher:
Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
Global Hotspots Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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