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Afghanistan: A Cultural History Paperback – April 23, 2012
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Afghanistan has headlined news stories for decades, but few people understand what s behind them: a history fed by foreign cultural influences dating back millennia. St. John Simpson, assistant keeper of the British Museum s ancient Iran and Arabia collections, goes a long way toward filling that gap. His cultural survey uses both historical and archeological evidence to define prehistory and the main periods that influenced the makeup of today s country. It encompasses the Achaemenids, Greeks, Huns, Turkmen, medieval Islamic dynasties, Mongols, Mughals and Pashtuns, and it shows clearly that culture languages, faiths, customs has driven Afghanistan s turbulent and bloody history. Indeed, Afghans today still bond with most of these outside cultural influences. Spectacular finds are described and illustrated lavishly, packing lots into a compact book that will appeal to anyone who wants to better appreciate the current situation there. --Saudi Aramco World
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