October 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
The book discusses a wide variety of subjects including the Indo-Iranian invasions of the second millennium BC, the Persian Achaemenids, Alexander the Great, the Islamic conquest, the Mongols and the rise of the kingdom of Afghanistan in the eighteenth century. The author pays special attention to more recent developments, including the Soviet occupation of the country and Taliban rule.
For this updated paperback edition, the author has provided 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.
List of Maps.
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.
Opening up to the West.
The Reassertion of the Iranian West.
The Advent of Islam.
The Iranian Dynasties.
Towards the Kingdom of Afghanistan.
The Sadozay Dynasty.
War with Britain.
The Dynasty of Amir 'Abd Al-Rahman Khan.
The Years of Communism.
After the Soviets.
- 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
"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)