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Afghanistan: A Cultural History

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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?While the modern nation can trace its origins back to 1747, the history of Afghanistan is far more ancient. It has long been a focal point of the Silk Road and human migration and many native peoples such as the Kushans, Samanids, Saffarids, and Mughals have founded their empires here. Afghanistan has also been the target of numerous invasions and is therefore one of the most critically diverse places on earth. ?Essential reading for anyone seeking a thorough understanding of the current situation in the region, this lively book places this rich and ancient seam of creativity in its broad historical context and offers the reader a full appreciation of a most remarkable country.

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