Updated paperback edition telling the dramatic history of the land and peoples of Afghanistan from prehistoric times to the present day.
- Offers a detailed history, from the Indo-Iranian invasions of the second millennium BC and Alexander the
Great, through to Soviet occupation, Taliban rule, and the 'war on terror'
- Much description of the contemporary period is based on the author’s own research in Afghanistan
- Includes a new final chapter covering developments since 2001, including the fall of the Taliban, state building and foreign intervention in the region. The bibliography has also been updated.