In response to continued interest in the first edition of my Who’s who of Afghanistan (1975), which has bee long out of print, I have decided to offer this new and updated edition. Like the first edition, it contains about 1,500 entries and is divided into the following parts: (1) Who is who, 1945-2007; (2) Who was who, 1747-1945; (3) Afghan Government Positions, 1901-1974; and (4) Genealogies of Important Afghan Families Part (1) who is who, has been replaced with a new updated section listing government officials, diplomats, and leaders of political parties. New individuals include members of the political elite from the days of President Muhammad Daud (1973-1978), the years of the civil war, and up to the Islamic Republic under President Hamid Karzai. A number of persons who should have been included in the Who Was Who section have been listed here to avoid going to the expenses of reorganizing that section. Part (2) Who Was Who in Afghanistan 1747-1945 and Part (3) Members of Afghan Government Departments have been left unchanged. Part 4 Genealogies of Afghan Families has been expanded with additions and corrections. ISBN: 8182743212 Publisher: PENTAGON PRESS
Vol.1 Badakhshan and Northeastern Afghanistan; This area is of great culture and geopolitical intrests because it includes such remote areas as the wakhan corridor, once a buffer between the Russian and British empires and now and area where the borders of the Soviot Union, China and Indi-Pakistani subcontinent meet.
Vol.2 Farah and Southwestern Afghanistan; If we compare this area with the one convered in the Badakshan volume, we might characterised western Afghanistan as the seat of the ancient civilization and an area of paramount archaeological importance.
Vol.3 Herat and Northwestern Afghanistan; The history is outlined in the some detail, illustrating the fait of the town “which enjoys the preminence of having stood more seige than almost any other city in Central Asia, having been deepopulated and desteroyed offener and always having risen from her ruines, if not always renewed splendour, at all events with a vigar and a tanacity of life that is without a parrellel.
Vol.4 Mazar-i-Sharif and North-Central Afghanistan; The Oxus River vally, which forms the boundary between Afgahnistan and the Soviot Union, is described a considerable detail. Similiar attention is paid to the Band-i-Amir, one of the principal river of the provinence, which also carries the name Balakh Ab.
Vol.5 Kandahar and South-Central Afghanistan; It provides data on afghan tribes, including the Barechis, Ghilzais, and Durians-the latter is covered in a 70 pages Appendix. Mountains and various geographical feature are carefully examined, including the great desert region of Registan and Shorawak, which extend along the boundary with Iran in the west and Pakistan in the south.
Vol.6 Kabul and Southeast Afghanistan; It includes the history of Jalalabad, incidents from Anglo-Afghan wars, such as the British defets as Ghazni and the retreat through the Khurd Khaibar, Afghan tribes and ethnic communities, such as the, Pawindas, Ghilzias, Nuristanis, Kharotis, and others are discussed. ISBN: 3201012726 Publisher: AKADEMISCHE DRUCK- U. VERLAGSANSTALT GRAZ – AUSTRIA
Essays of Lord Macaulay on Robert Clive and Warren Hastings are perhaps known to every English household; but they refer to more episodes in the history, and are wanting in that familiarity with native character and forms of thought which is essential to a right appreciation of the great collision between Europe and Asia that has been going on in India for the last two centuries.
The truth is that the preparation of a history of India, political and religious, is a far more difficult and laborious task than is generally imagined.
The author began work at Madras under every possible advantage. There were libraries containing almost unique collections of books pertaining to India. To these were added the government records at Madras, which were freely opened to the author by Sir Charles Trevelyan, who was at that time Governor.
The writer has no desire to carry the reader into his workshop, or to dwell on the extent of his labors. It will suffice to say that having sounded the depths of his ignorance, he has since then lost no opportunity, official or literary, to perfect his knowledge of Indian history.
His history of British India is now given for the first time in the present volumes. It is an entirely independent work, drawn direct from the fountain head, after a study of the records of the Government of India, official reports and parliamentary blue books, and annals, memoirs, travels, or correspondences, as have been found to yield historical materials.
Afghanistan dominates the news today, as it often did during the Soviet occupation two decades ago. But even in the 19th and early 20th centuries at the height of the Great Game, Afghanistan was the focal point of East-West relations. Squeezed between Russia, China, India and Persia, its tortured history provides an extraordinary glimpse into the patterns of world politics. Today, Afghanistan sits at the pivot of a region where a new Great Game is taking shape, pitched between America, its rivals and the peoples of Central Asia. ISBN: 1850438579 Publisher: I.B.TAURIS