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The Afghans

ISBN: 978-0-631-19841-3
396 pages
November 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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Updated paperback edition telling the dramatic history of the land and peoples of Afghanistan from prehistoric times to the present day.

  • Offers a detailed history, from the Indo-Iranian invasions of the second millennium BC and Alexander the
    Great, through to Soviet occupation, Taliban rule, and the 'war on terror'

  • Much description of the contemporary period is based on the author’s own research in Afghanistan

  • Includes a new final chapter covering developments since 2001, including the fall of the Taliban, state building and foreign intervention in the region. The bibliography has also been updated.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Figures.

List of Maps.

Preface.

Up and Down the Hindu Kush.

The Peoples of Afghanistan.

The Early Years.

The Advent of the Indo-Iranian Speaking Peoples.

Archaeology and the Indo-Iranians.

Scythian Horsemen.

Opening up to the West.

The Greeks.

Northern Rulers.

The Reassertion of the Iranian West.

The Advent of Islam.

The Iranian Dynasties.

The Mongols.

Towards the Kingdom of Afghanistan.

The Sadozay Dynasty.

War with Britain.

The Dynasty of Amir 'Abd Al-Rahman Khan.

Changing Afghanistan.

The Years of Communism.

After the Soviets.

Epilogue.

Bibliography.

Index

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Author Information

Willem Vogelsang studied ancient Indian and Iranian languages and cultures at Leiden University in The Netherlands. He is currently Executive Secretary of the Research School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies at Leiden University and curator for Southwest and Central Asia for the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden. He has worked at various excavations in Syria and Afghanistan, and travelled throughout Afghanistan as a freelance journalist reporting on the Soviet occupation.
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  • Tells the story of the land and peoples of Afghanistan, from prehistoric times to the present day
  • Offers a detailed history, from the Indo-Iranian invasions of the second millennium BC and Alexander the
    Great, through to Soviet occupation, Taliban rule, and the 'war on terror'
  • Includes a new final chapter covering events since 9/11, including the fall of the Taliban, state building,
    and foreign intervention in the region
  • Much description of the contemporary period is based on the author’s own research in Afghanistan
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Reviews

"Vogelsang ... has produced a valuable overview of Afghan history and archaeology...[his] book reminds readers that Afghanistan's rich history and culture warrant far more attention than merely as a refuge for 'evil-doers,' and that its people deserve the interest and support of the West even when globalized conflicts are at stake." Choice
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