A Brief History Of AfghanistanBook - 2007
Located along the busy trade routes between Asia and Europe, Afghanistan was for centuries a place where a diverse set of cultures met and exchanged goods and ideas. It was also a country on the paths of many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Ashoka, and the Scythians, Parthians, Kushans, and the Ephthalites, or White Huns. All of these peoples have left their mark on the land, forming one of the most diverse societies in the world. In modern times, Afghanistan was invaded by the Soviet Union and then suffered a decade of civil war and rule by the Taliban, which was brought to an end by the United States in 2001. Afghanistan's economy has been devastated as a result of three years of drought and the continuous wars of the past decades. A Brief History of Afghanistan provides a clear, concise account of this country's historical and cultural heritage, from 3000 BCE to the present. Comprehensive coverage examines the history of the country, its diverse peoples, its culture, and its political and economic situation. Current events, such as the attempts by the government to improve the country's security and economy and to establish a strong central government, are also included. Engaging sidebars, maps, illustrations, and tables are placed throughout the text, helping readers gain a better understanding of Afghanistan's history and peoples. This invaluable guide is perfect for those hoping to improve their knowledge of this country's tumultuous past and uncertain future.
Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2007.
Characteristics: xii, 308 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.