Afghanistan has been a tinderbox for centuries. A major crossroads between East and West, it has seen many armies invade with impunity its rough and varied terrain—from Alexander the Great’s in the 4th century BC to the Soviet and Nato forces of our own time. This clear introduction covers Islam, the Pashtun majority, the constant internercine strife, the powerful leaders—all from an historical perspective, which helps to explain the country’s current position as one of the most dangerous on earth. And yet there remains an enduring fascination with its culture and its peoples…
About the Author
Tim Albone has reported from Afghanistan for the Times and Sunday Times, as well as the Scotsman, the Globe and Mail and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has also worked in Iraq, Pakistan, India, Ethiopia and Yemen and has filmed a documentary on the Afghan cricket team and their efforts to get to the World Cup.
Mark Hudson is a journalist, who has written for the Sunday Telegraph, the Times and the Observer. He has covered the war in Afghanistan, the American presidential election, world championship boxing, urban regeneration and the arts. He is a graduate of Oxford University and studied Middle East politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.