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Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics By Martin Ewans,

  • Title: Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics
  • Author: Martin Ewans
  • ISBN: 9780060505080
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fascinating chronicle of a nation s turbulent history Reaching back to earliest times, Martin Ewans examines the historical evolution of one of today s most dangerous breeding grounds of global terrorism After a succession of early dynasties and the emergence of an Afghan empire during the eighteenth century, the nineteenth and early twentieth century saw a fierce poweA fascinating chronicle of a nation s turbulent history Reaching back to earliest times, Martin Ewans examines the historical evolution of one of today s most dangerous breeding grounds of global terrorism After a succession of early dynasties and the emergence of an Afghan empire during the eighteenth century, the nineteenth and early twentieth century saw a fierce power struggle between Russia and Britain for supremacy in Afghanistan that was ended by the nation s proclamation of independence in 1919 A communist coup in the late 1970s overthrew the established regime and led to the invasion of Soviet troops in 1979 Roughly a decade later, the Soviet Union withdrew, condemning Afghanistan to a civil war that tore apart the nation s last remnants of religious, ethnic, and political unity It was into this climate that the Taliban was born.Today, war torn and economically destitute, Afghanistan faces unique challenges as it looks toward an uncertain future Martin Ewans carefully weighs the lessons of history to provide a frank look at Afghanistan s prospects and the international resonances of the nation s immense task of total political and economic reconstruction.
    Afghanistan A Short History of Its People and Politics A fascinating chronicle of a nation s turbulent history Reaching back to earliest times Martin Ewans examines the historical evolution of one of today s most dangerous breeding grounds of global terr

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    1. I grant this book a five star, because it s amazing to read what all external interventions in the internal affairs of this country has caused over the centuries Yes, part of it s tragedy can be blamed upon the tribal society that Afghanistan has been from the start, but several western countries have tried deliberately to intervene in Afghanistan only for their own gain or to defend their personal ideology The British and the Russian wanted Afghanistan to be in their influence sphere The Afghan [...]

    2. This is an excellent survey introduction to the history of Afghanistan, though it does place disproportionate emphasis on the period from the Soviet invasion forward Approximately the last half of its 300 pages covers 1978 2002 the preceding 40% covers the period from the emergence of the Afghan state in 1747 to the invasion and the the first 30 pages have to cover everything from the arrival Alexander the Great in 330 BCE forward to the mid 18th century Still, most general readers will probably [...]

    3. I ve been interested in Afghanistan obviously from things in the news but also from reading books like The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns This was a good overview of a very complicated country with a complicated history There are places where it gets a little hard to keep the people straight, but I think that lends itself to the continual changes of power within the country than any flaw in the writing.

    4. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how the history of Afghanistan has played a part in the creation of the political and cultural conflicts that we see there today I consider myself well informed about world affairs, and yet I came to this book with a very basic understanding of what happened in Afghanistan before we invaded mainly consisting of the fact that the Soviets had unsuccessfully tried to invade at some point, and that from that conflict sprouted the extremi [...]

    5. I bought this book in 2002, not long after the American invasion of Afghanistan The book itself only briefly at the end dealt with Osama bin Laden and the Taliban The story this book told was a rather bleak one Depending on a person s political leanings, Afghanistan should either be converted into a lawless no man s land where the world s criminals and their organizations are sent wholesale to fight for their own survival in a bleak land or, conversely, Afghanistan should be converted into a hug [...]

    6. Good book on the history of Afghanistan.Also, it appears this book was written in 2001 and amended slightly for what happened in that year and the next Of course, with Afghanistan, things change fast at the moment, meaning there s quite some information lacking already.Interestingly, the British force retreating after the first afghan war of 1840 did not see only one person survive the campaign, as is often reported Though only one person indeed returned from the campaign during the retreat, a y [...]

    7. I m working my way through this, it s rather dry but really helpful understanding the troubled history of Afghanistan, rapidly deteriorating yet again, typical for the history of this gateway country and becoming the focus of the incoming Obama administration as he plans to move us out of Iraq The several chapters on Britain and Russia and their attempted use of Afghanistan as a pawn in the Great Game of the 19th century as the rich and powerful empires tried to manipulate Central Asia to serve [...]

    8. A great read covering Afghanistan s ancient history through its modern day issues through 2002, when the book was published Alarmingly, there are many parallels between what is happening currently in the country and earlier efforts of Amanullah Khan, who was in power from 1919 through 1929 when he fled the country due to uprisings One can only hope that those in charge of both Afghanistan and the international efforts to help the country will not repeat these past mistakes by studying its varied [...]

    9. A comprehensive look at Afghanistan s turbulent history Early chronology of Afghanistan s various social upheavals and leadership turnovers from the 1700s through the 1800s are monotonous, however the author s attention to the three Anglo Afghani wars and Soviet influence during the early to mid twentieth centuries are highlights to an otherwise tedious read Clearly, Afghanistan is a troubled country The frequency of political coups, habitual infighting amongst tribal groups, and resistance towa [...]

    10. Man this book is dry, it took me about 6 months to finish it If you want a complete overview of Afghanistan s history this is a good place to start If you re looking for a enjoyable way to learn about this country read Where Men Win Glory I also thought that book gave a much better insight into Afghanistan s troubled history and drew better conclusions inferences as to why these events are happening Mr Ewans book seems to lose the pattern in all the detail.

    11. A nice, concise history of Afghanistan, from the 1700s until 2001 Really provides a great foundation for understanding the current conflict and realities in Afghanistan, which is what I was looking for I ve also read Rory Stewart s The Places in Between, which is split between culture, history and current events well, at least current Taken together, I think you get a pretty good portrait of a country, although now both leave out some of the important, but recent history.

    12. The book s strength is the depth of information presented during the period of the late 1800 s until 1979 Its weakness is in the lack of depth during ancient history, as well as the period from 1979 2000 There are plenty of good books that cover the area where this book skips over too quickly, but overall this is a good introductory source of narrative in a country that has for centuries been in turmoil.

    13. This is a very interesting short history, but it does not paint a hopeful future for Afghanistan How will this country ever over come it culture of internal bickering, warfare, and assassination Maybe only by good works of a few, eventually becoming many Peace will be long in coming and only brought by the Afghans themselves.

    14. Difficult reading but a thorough and knowledgeable overview I enjoyed it up until the last line of the epilogue where Ewans blamed all the problems of the third world on Western Colonialism Ironic since he labored throughout to show the need for western intervention and financial aid to assist with the industrial and infrastructure development in Afghanistan.

    15. A great overview of this troubled country and its resilient people the author interjects personal opinion and never couches it as fact I enjoyed learning about all the forces that have shaped Afghanistan This book has made me eager to do something to help the people of this war ravaged country.

    16. What a history of failed interventions by the British and Russians Why didn t we read this before we invaded It ends after the 2002 American temporary rout of the Taliban This is a good background book to the current Afghan situation.

    17. This book contains too much information, but fortunately gets easier to follow after the Brits come into the picture Is a must read for anyone interested in Central Asian history Spoiler alert there is to war that the 9 11 attacks.

    18. Excellent work I loved reading about history again If you want to understand whats going on in Afghanistan and surrounding areas, this the book you need.

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