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The Afghan Wars: History in an Hour

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Categories: History, World
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Publisher's Summary

Britain has invaded Afghanistan twice before in the nineteenth century. Both times tenacious Afghan fighters defended their country to humiliating British defeats. The Soviet Union also discovered what a tough enemy the Afghans are after nearly a decade of conflict from 1979 to 1989. When not fighting foreign invaders, Afghanistan was torn apart by Civil War from 1990 to 1996, resulting in victory for the Taliban.

The Afghan Wars in an Hour is an excellent way to learn all about the complex wars that have been fought in Afghanistan for almost four decades. It explains who the Taliban and the Mujahedeen are, how their politics work, why Osama Bin Laden was so significant, and why it is so hard to achieve peace Afghanistan, all in just one hour.

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour…

©2012 Kat Smutz (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past." (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age." (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
"This is genius." ( MacWorld.com)

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  • mosadiq
  • 20-11-2015

informative

very well read by the reader and very informative . the book covers alot of important topics .

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  • TheNameless
  • 19-04-2019

Fascinating and tragic

This is the story of the long and bloody history of the West's interference in Afghanistan and the damage it caused the world. From the Great Game during Victoria's reign, to the US and Russia arming and training factions in their proxy fight against each other. The skills and weapons they provided have caused untold destruction, both to Afghanistan itself and the world. I wonder what the world would be like today if they'd just been left alone?

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  • Andy Luke
  • 05-02-2019

British Afghan wars of the 1800s explained

British Afghan wars of the 1800s explained, together with more recent events more widely known about.

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  • ReadingWild
  • 20-01-2015

Great value great insights

Great series of which this is not the least. Informative, well performed, to the point and well balanced....stuff you wish they told you at school.

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  • Chama
  • 29-05-2016

Informative

Just as promised. A brief summary of the Afghan wars along with interesting commentary. I enjoyed it

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