Afghanistan

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Visit a landlocked land of rugged mountains and rich natural resources. Meet the many peoples within Afghanistan’s tribal societal structure. Learn of Afghanistan’s long history of invasion, resistance, and civil war. Discover why Persian and Pashto prevail in this multilingual land. Find out why this troubled land has been called the "Chessboard of History."

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Overview

Visit a landlocked land of rugged mountains and rich natural resources. Meet the many peoples within Afghanistan’s tribal societal structure. Learn of Afghanistan’s long history of invasion, resistance, and civil war. Discover why Persian and Pashto prevail in this multilingual land. Find out why this troubled land has been called the "Chessboard of History."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
This installment in National Geographic's "Cultures of the World" series presents Afghanistan in a fair light that could almost pass as a travel endorsement. Unfortunately, politics has tainted the reputation and accessibility of this beautiful, culturally rich Asian country. Follow along through Afghanistan's troubled and volatile history, its complex social systems and beautiful natural resources. While the country is enjoying a relative period of peace, its inhabitants are cautious about returning to a state of normalcy, yet are optimistic about rebuilding their lives and their country. Interspersed throughout the informative text are maps, timelines and various tidbits about the country, including population, common Afghan phrases. Following the text are suggestions for further study and ways to improve a homework country report, which are always helpful for frantic students. Don't be fooled into thinking this work is strictly for students—it is one that will enlighten readers at any age and may even bridge that wide cultural gap with this oft-troubled nation. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426302565
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Series: Countries of the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     4
Geography: Flashes of Green     7
At a Glance     8
What's the Weather Like?
Fast Facts
Average Temperature & Rainfall
Physical Map
Special Feature: Blue Stones     11
Special Feature: The Five Lakes of Ali     13
Nature: Living on the Edge     15
At a Glance     16
Protecting the Countryside
Species at Risk
Vegetation & Ecosystems Map
Special Feature: Tusks for Antlers     19
Special Feature: Pistachio Picnics     20
Special Feature: Honeybees     21
History: Highways through the Mountains     23
At a Glance     24
People on the Move
Time line
Historical Map
Special Feature: Home of the Fire Priest     26
Special Feature: The Bactrian Hoard     28
Special Feature: The Giant Buddhas of Bamian     29
Special Feature: Babur's Garden     31
Special Feature: The Great Game     32
People & Culture: A Country on the Move     37
At a Glance     38
A Mix of People
Common Afghan Phrases
Population Map
Special Feature: National Holidays     41
Special Feature: A Mongol Horde     42
Special Feature: Grab a Goat     45
Special Feature: TheAfghan Elvis     46
Special Feature: Kite Fighters     47
Government & Economy: The Past Meets the Future     49
At a Glance     50
Dividing Up the Country
Trading Partners
Political Map
Special Feature: How the Government Works     52
Special Feature: Taliban     54
Special Feature Map: Industry     55
Special Feature: A New President     56
Add a Little Extra to Your Country Report!     58
Glossary     60
Bibliography Further Information     61
Index     62
Credits     64
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