Afghanistan dominates the news today, as it often did during the Soviet occupation two decades ago. But even in the 19th and early 20th centuries at the height of the Great Game, Afghanistan was the focal point of East-West relations. Squeezed between Russia, China, India and Persia, its tortured history provides an extraordinary glimpse into the patterns of world politics. Today, Afghanistan sits at the pivot of a region where a new Great Game is taking shape, pitched between America, its rivals and the peoples of Central Asia. ISBN: 1850438579 Publisher: I.B.TAURIS Subtitle: A MODERN HISTORY Author: ANGELO RASANAYA
Vol.1 Badakhshan and Northeastern Afghanistan; This area is of great culture and geopolitical intrests because it includes such remote areas as the wakhan corridor, once a buffer between the Russian and British empires and now and area where the borders of the Soviot Union, China and Indi-Pakistani subcontinent meet.
Vol.2 Farah and Southwestern Afghanistan; If we compare this area with the one convered in the Badakshan volume, we might characterised western Afghanistan as the seat of the ancient civilization and an area of paramount archaeological importance.
Vol.3 Herat and Northwestern Afghanistan; The history is outlined in the some detail, illustrating the fait of the town “which enjoys the preminence of having stood more seige than almost any other city in Central Asia, having been deepopulated and desteroyed offener and always having risen from her ruines, if not always renewed splendour, at all events with a vigar and a tanacity of life that is without a parrellel.
Vol.4 Mazar-i-Sharif and North-Central Afghanistan; The Oxus River vally, which forms the boundary between Afgahnistan and the Soviot Union, is described a considerable detail. Similiar attention is paid to the Band-i-Amir, one of the principal river of the provinence, which also carries the name Balakh Ab.
Vol.5 Kandahar and South-Central Afghanistan; It provides data on afghan tribes, including the Barechis, Ghilzais, and Durians-the latter is covered in a 70 pages Appendix. Mountains and various geographical feature are carefully examined, including the great desert region of Registan and Shorawak, which extend along the boundary with Iran in the west and Pakistan in the south.
Vol.6 Kabul and Southeast Afghanistan; It includes the history of Jalalabad, incidents from Anglo-Afghan wars, such as the British defets as Ghazni and the retreat through the Khurd Khaibar, Afghan tribes and ethnic communities, such as the, Pawindas, Ghilzias, Nuristanis, Kharotis, and others are discussed. ISBN: 3201012726 Publisher: AKADEMISCHE DRUCK- U. VERLAGSANSTALT GRAZ – AUSTRIA Subtitle: 6 VOLS SET Author: LUDWIG W. ADAMEC
creative writing in the English language has been a part of the literary tradition of most former British colonies in Africa, the West Indies and South Asia for the last 150 years or so, but little critical attention was given to this writing till the mid ISBN: 9694023106 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: Author: SIRDAR IKBAL AL
In Descent Into Chaos: Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Threat to Global Security Ahmed Rashid explores the most volatile and dangerous region in the world.
The war on terror is being lost – but not just in Iraq. As this devastating book shows, the real crisis zone now lies in central Asia. Veteran reporter Ahmed Rashid has unparalleled access to the region and knows its leading players, from presidents to warlords. Here he documents how closely Pakistan’s US-backed regime is linked with extremists; how broken promises in Afghanistan have led to a resurgent Taliban fed by drugs money; and how the largest landmass in the world is now a breeding ground for terrorism.
In this story of squandered opportunities, misguided alliances and double-dealing, Rashid pinpoints with chilling accuracy where the true threat to our global security comes from.
Justin Marozzi, Evening Standard
Profound and lively … it reads like a thriller … graphic, detailed and worrying’
Michael Fathers, New Statesman
‘Gripping … a major contribution to understanding the region and the events of recent years … thought-provoking and important’
Jason Burke, Observe
‘His knowledge of events and people there is second to none and the information he has gathered, often at great personal risk, makes alarming reading’
Kim Sengupta, Independent
‘A superbly researched account of post-9/11 Asia … outstanding’
Sameer Rahim, Daily Telegraph
Author: Ahmed Rashid
ISBN: 9780141020860 ISBN: 9780141020860 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS Subtitle: THE WORLD’S MOST UNSTABLE REGION AND THE THREAT TO GLOBAL SECURITY Author: Ahmed Rashid