The History of Afghanistan
2nd Edition
by Meredith L. Runion
April 2017, 263pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-777-4
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Years of war, devastation, and conflict taint the history of Afghanistan.

This chronological account traces the history of Afghanistan from pre-civilization to present-day events and considers the future of democracy in Afghanistan.

For centuries, Afghanistan has endured control by a gamut of political regimes as a result of its strategic location along the trade route between Asia and the Middle East. The area has been at the center of constant conflict and only in recent years has recovered from the vestiges of warfare. The second edition of this popular reference offers a fresh glimpse at the country, showing modern Afghanistan to be a melting pot of cultures, tribes, and political influences all under the guiding belief of Islam.

In addition to thorough coverage of the country’s political, economic, and cultural history, the book provides students with an account of recent events in Afghanistan since 2007, such as the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and the removal of NATO soldiers. Other changes include a revised timeline, an updated glossary, additions to the notable figures appendix, and an expanded bibliography that includes electronic resources.


  • Includes an additional chapter on the events of the past 10 years, covering modern Afghanistan and its people
  • Features Operation Neptune Spear, the Central Intelligence Agency-led operation responsible for the death of Osama bin Laden
  • Provides an updated timeline of key events, including those that have occurred since the first edition
Meredith L. Runion is a program manager for the Department of Defense. As a freelance writer, Meredith has authored several articles on leadership, national security, and global strategy. Her published works include Greenwood's History of Afghanistan, First Edition.

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