By Ludwig W. Adamec

Afghanistan has lengthy been a coveted land of significant strategic value. Early in its background it served as a gateway to India, impinging at the historic Silk highway, which carried alternate from the Mediterranean to China. within the sixteenth century the Persian Safavid Empire within the west, the Turkic Uzbek nation to the north, and the Moghul Empire of India disputed keep watch over of the world, and shortly after the founding of the country of Afghanistan in 1747, Russia and nice Britain left the rustic as a buffer among the 2 empires. in the course of the moment half the 20 th century, it grew to become an area of clash within the chilly warfare among the USA and the Soviet Union and within the Nineteen Nineties, the institution of a thorough Islamist regime in Kabul threatened to make the rustic the bottom of an Islamist global revolution. so much lately, spurred on by means of the assaults of September eleventh, American intervention introduced an finish to the novel Taliban regime and resulted in the election of President Hamid Karzai in 2004 and his reelection in 2009.

The fourth variation of the Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan comprises tremendous new fabric to mirror the speedy alterations within the area. this can be performed via a chronology, an introductory essay, an expansive bibliography, and over 1,000 cross-referenced dictionary entries on major people, occasions, locations, enterprises, and different features of Afghanistan historical past from the earliest instances to the current. This publication is a superb entry element for college kids, researchers, and a person desirous to understand extra approximately Afghanistan.

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