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The Resource Games without rules : the often interrupted history of Afghanistan, Tamim Ansary

Games without rules : the often interrupted history of Afghanistan, Tamim Ansary

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Games without rules : the often interrupted history of Afghanistan
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Games without rules
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the often interrupted history of Afghanistan
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Tamim Ansary
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  • /* Starred Review */ Long one of the most disputed territories in the world, Afghanistan holds a strategic geographical position that has placed it in the way of empires for centuries. However, over the past two centuries each time a major world power has attempted to intercede in Afghan affairs they have failed. Ansary (Destiny Disrupted), an Afghan-born US citizen and director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop, offers an illuminating history of the country, providing not only a chronology but a deep cultural analysis that allows outsiders a comprehensive picture of Afghan mores and practices. This insider's perspective fills large gaps in contemporary outsiders' understandings of why these powers have failed and hopefully points the way towards forms of international cooperation that will work for Afghanistan rather than against it. Ansary has a gift for using informal language to illustrate his points in a way that doesn't compromise the legitimacy of his narrative. His ability to contextualize the history and situate it in culture, as well as to remind readers of when to keep track of important figures (sometimes for decades) is refreshing. Ansary has produced an invaluable resource to those curious about this tumultuous region. Agent: Carol Mann, Carol Mann Agency. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed December 17, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 51, p)
  • A breezy, accessible overview of centuries of messy Afghan history, including the present military quagmire. Ansary has previously written history from "Islamic eyes" (Destiny Destroyed, 2009, etc.); here, he casts the perplexing trajectory of Afghanistan as a kind of chaotic but nonetheless functioning scrimmage interrupted periodically by foreign invaders bent on their own "great game." First united under the neo-Persian young leader Ahmad Shah, the various Pushtoon tribes first grew into a national awareness of "Afghanistan" by the mid 18th century. All the while, they remained wary of the Europeans, specifically the British and the Russians. Repeated invasions helped coalesce the Afghan state, firm up its borders and establish the capital at Kabul, as well as helping "unleash the unruly energy of Afghan tribal society." As a native of Kabul, Ansary lends precious insight into the makeup of the typical Afghan village, with its tidy, self-sufficient, patriarchal hierarchy and need to keep the nomads at bay. The loss of Peshawar, institutionalized in the arbitrary Durand line drawn up by the eponymous British diplomat in 1893, continued to be a thorn in the Afghanis' side until the present. The modernizing period ushered in by Amir Amanullah in the 1920s sidestepped Shariah and fostered a brief period of reform, followed by 40 years of royal family–run government that was fairly indulgent, even modern and enterprising, thanks to Western cash for development projects such as the Helmand Valley Authority. The Cold War again placed the country in a tug of war, this time between the Soviets and Americans, resulting in one morass after the other--and it's still ongoing, exacerbated by the Taliban, al-Qaida, refugees, drugs, corruption and discoveries of mineral wealth. Lively instruction on how Afghanistan has coped, and continues to cope, with being a strategic flash point.(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2012)
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Ansary, Mir Tamim
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958.1
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index present
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DS361
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.A755 2012
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non fiction
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  • Military occupation
  • British
  • Russians
  • Americans
  • Afghanistan
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the often-interrupted history of Afghanistan
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Games without rules : the often interrupted history of Afghanistan, Tamim Ansary
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-366, 371-378) and index
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25 cm
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First edition.
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xvi, 397 pages
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9781610390941
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2012025651
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Games without rules : the often interrupted history of Afghanistan, Tamim Ansary
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-366, 371-378) and index
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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910241
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25 cm
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First edition.
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xvi, 397 pages
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9781610390941
Lccn
2012025651
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(Sirsi) i9781610390941

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