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  • Heroes of the Ageby David B. Edwards

    University of California Press 1996; US$ 33.95

    Much of the political turmoil that has occurred in Afghanistan since the Marxist revolution of 1978 has been attributed to the dispute between Soviet-aligned Marxists and the religious extremists inspired by Egyptian and Pakistani brands of "fundamentalist" Islam. In a significant departure from this view, David B. Edwards contends that?though Marxism... more...

  • Institutional Change and Political Continuity in Post-Soviet Central Asiaby Pauline Jones Luong

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 40.00

    This book examines the diversity of electoral systems in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. more...

  • Islam after Communismby Adeeb Khalid

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 31.95

    Adeeb Khalid combines insights from the study of both Islam and Soviet history in this sophisticated analysis of the ways that Muslim societies in Central Asia have been transformed by the Soviet presence in the region. Arguing that the utopian Bolshevik project of remaking the world featured a sustained assault on Islam that destroyed patterns of... more...

  • Three Cups of Teaby Greg Mortenson; David Oliver Relin

    Penguin Publishing Group 2006; US$ 13.00

    The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban?s backyard Anyone who despairs of the individual?s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan?s treacherous K2, was... more...

  • Ghost Warsby Steve Coll

    Penguin Publishing Group 2004; US$ 20.00

    Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan With the publication of Ghost Wars , Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or... more...

  • The Punishment of Virtueby Sarah Chayes

    Penguin Publishing Group 2006; US$ 16.00

    As a former star reporter for NPR, Sarah Chayes developed a devoted listenership for her on-site reports on conflicts around the world. In The Punishment of Virtue , she reveals the misguided U.S. policy in Afghanistan in the wake of the defeat of the Taliban, which has severely undermined the effort to build democracy and allowed corrupt tribal warlords... more...

  • Beyond Memoryby Greta Lynn Uehling

    Palgrave Macmillan 2004; US$ 45.00

    This book offers the first in-depth, ethnographic exploration of the Crimean Tatars' experience of deportation from Ukraine at the end of World War II, examining how "memories" and sentiments were created and came to shape the dramatic repatriation to historic lands, which involved squatting and self-immolation. more...

  • The Northwest Caucasusby Walter Richmond

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 54.95

    This is the first book to present a comprehensive history of the Northwest Caucasus. Based on extensive research, it describes the peoples of the Northwest Caucasus, which have a significantly different ethnic makeup and history than the Northeast (Chechnya and Daghestan). The book examines their struggles for survival against repeated invasions and... more...

  • Lost World of the Golden Kingby Frank L. Holt

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 39.95

    Drawing on ancient historical writings, the vast array of information gleaned in recent years from the study of Hellenistic coins, and startling archaeological evidence newly unearthed in Afghanistan, Frank L. Holt sets out to rediscover the ancient civilization of Bactria. In a gripping narrative informed by the author?s deep knowledge of his subject,... more...

  • The Caspianby Shirin Akiner

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    The Caspian redefines a Caspian debate long characterized by one-sided and politically motivated analyses and, at times, fantastic reporting. Bringing together a range of influential voices from academia, the media, the oil industry, civil service, the military and diplomatic corps, this book rewrites the region's recent history. more...