A History from 1260 to the Present

ISBN : 9781789140101.
Catégorie : .



Nombre de pages

Located at the intersection of Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan has been strategically important for thousands of years. Its ancient trade routes and strategic position between India, Inner Asia, China, Persia and beyond has meant the region has been subject to frequent invasions. Modern Afghanistan is a culturally and ethnically diverse country, but one divided by conflict, political instability and by mass displacements of its people.

Jonathan L. Lee places the current conflict in Afghanistan in its historical context and challenges many of the West’s preconceived ideas about the country. Lee chronicles the region’s monarchic rules and the Durrani dynasty, focusing on the reigns of each ruler and their efforts to balance tribal, ethnic, regional and religious factions, moving on to the struggle for social and constitutional reform and the rise of Islamic and Communist factions. He offers new cultural and political insights from Persian histories, the memoirs of Afghan government officials, British government and India Office archives, recently released CIA reports and WikiLeaks documents. Lee also sheds new light on the country’s foreign relations, its internal power struggles and the impact of foreign military interventions such as the ‘War on Terror’.

List of Charts
List of Tables
List of Maps

1 Afghan Sultanates, 1260–1732
2 Nadir Shah and the Afghans, 1732–47
3 Ahmad Shah and the Durrani Empire, 1747–72
4 Fragmentation: Timur Shah and his Successors, 1772–1824
5 Afghanistan and the Indus Frontier, 1824–39
6 The Death of the ‘Great Experiment’, 1839–43
7 The Pursuit of ‘Scientific Frontiers’, 1843–79
8 ‘Reducing the Disorderly People’, 1879–1901
9 Reform and Repression, 1901–19
10 Dreams Melted into Air, 1919–29
11 Backs to the Future, 1929–33
12 A House Divided, 1933–73
13 Republicanism, Revolution and Resistance, 1973–94
14 ‘Between the Dragon and his Wrath’, 1994–2017

Genealogical Charts
A Note on Sources
Select Bibliography
Photo Acknowledgements