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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd (24 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850438579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850438571
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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.' --Baqer Moin, Head of the Persian Service, BBC

'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

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

About 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. He now lives in Geneva.


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Format: Hardcover
A. Rasanayagam's book, although a work of considerable scholarship, reads like a novel. It is packed with the kind of relevant detail that gives coherence to the events and episodes described by putting them in context.As an example, the rivalries and fears of two expanding empires,Russia and Britain, resulted in the creation of Afghanistan as a buffer state in Central Asia. Another insight is given in the chapter on the prelude to the Soviet invasion, based on transcripts of the Soviet Politburo, casting doubts on the widely accepted idea that this act was just another blatant manifestation of Soviet expansionist aims.
The book is well-written and well organized, with a chronologically-arranged narrative structure that makes it an easy read.Each chapter is practically free-standing so the reader does not have to refer back to earlier chapters.
This book gives invaluable insights on a country very much on the headlines to any reader interested in world affairs, as much of what is described is of great contemporary relevance.
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This is a book on Afghanistan's modern history, rightly starting with the 'Iron Amir' Abdurrahman Khan who was the first to introduce - on a very modest scale, naturally - some modern institutions in Afghanistan. You should not expect any particular insgihts or discoveries in this book; it's main advantage is a clear style and a balanced approach. The author managed to describe the 'communist' period (1978-1993) without ideological stereotypes and labels, telling not only about the negative but also positive developments at that time. Interestingly, as the time passes, the Karzai government seems to be borrowing more and more from Najibullah's (the last communist President's) political arsenal, the latest example being establisgment of local self-defense forces at the village-district level. In a nutshell, if you want to get a balanced idea of the past 100 years plus of Afghan history written in an accessible and clear language - this is your book.
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It was a present for a friend so I don't know, sorry
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As expected both content delivery quality
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