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Conflict in Afghanistan : a historical encyclopedia
Clements, Frank, 1942-
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Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxxii, 377 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
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A comprehensive A-Z study of the history of conflict in Afghanistan from 1747 to the present.

* Over 40 illustrations, including the Buddha statues at Bamyan, Kabul; Afghanistan's difficult terrain; Taliban and Mujahideen fighters; and Soviet troops

* Detailed maps, including the humanitarian situation in September 2001, provinces and major towns, ethnolinguistic groups in the area, and the border with Pakistan

Author Notes

Ludwig W. Adamec is professor of near eastern studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Frank A. Clements is director of information services at the College of St. Mark and St. John in Plymouth, England.

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Choice Review

Although coverage begins with the founding of the modern kingdom of Afghanistan in the mid-18th century, this book, part of ABC-CLIO's "Roots of Modern Conflict" series, focuses on recent events, including the US-led invasion to unseat the Taliban and root out al-Qaeda. Although Clements emphasizes military and political topics, he includes a great deal of information about the historical, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds to conflict in modern Afghanistan. He includes a 50-page chronology and a bibliography of more than 600 citations. Clements's work overlaps significantly with Ludwig Adamec's Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan (3rd ed., CH, Apr'04). Adamec's Dictionary of Afghan Wars, Revolutions, and Insurgencies (CH, Jun'97) has a similar focus, but while it covers a longer period of Afghan history, it cannot include the many important developments since its publication. Most libraries will be best served by the third edition of Adamec's general Historical Dictionary, those with a greater interest in recent events, especially conflict, will find Clements's book useful. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and academic collections. R. Nash University of Nebraska at Omaha