By Martin McCauley
a very important consultant to the imprecise background of Afghanistan and vital Asia!
- Very topical insurance of Islamic Militancy and the way those international locations relate to the surface global, together with China, Russia, the center East, Europe and america.
- transparent and obtainable advent for readers with very little past wisdom of primary Asia
- Martin McCauley is widely known as a expert within the zone.
Martin McCauley is senior lecturer with the collage of London, used to be the Chairman of the Ford origin study and improvement committee (1984-97), Chairman of the nationwide organization of Soviet and East ecu experiences, (1986-89), Deputy Chairman - British nationwide organization of Slavonic and East ecu stories (1989-90) and was once a member of the ESRC East-West Initiative and coverage and study Committee, (1990-92) and has released greater than 20 books, the latest of which is:Bandits, Gangsters and the Mafia: Russia, the Baltic States and the CIS , 0582357640, $26.95, Longman, December 2001 he's a consultant within the critical Asian sector and Russia, has been a customary contributor to ABC, NBC and CBS information for over twenty years on something to do with crucial Asia, the Soviet Union, Russia and CIS, and the Balkans. lately he has been interviewed concerning the Balkans and Milosevic and the Bush/Putin assembly on NBC and ABC networks
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Extra resources for Afghanistan and Central Asia: A Modern History
Much of southern Kazakhstan is also desert. This identifies the key natural resource of Central Asia, water. The region is dominated by two great rivers, the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya, the former rising in Afghanistan and the latter in China, which flow into the Aral Sea. The lands bordering them could be irrigated and whoever gained control over irrigation could enforce his rule. Great hydraulic civilisations developed but, inevitably, attracted the envy of others. The region was always a battleground between the nomad on his horse and the sedentary population.
Russian communists were now copying standard imperialist practice. Money buys influence. qxd 4/3/02 8:54 Page 9 ሀ INTRODUCTION just one move by Amanullah in the great game of chess to secure control of the region. His objective was a confederation of Afghanistan and Central Asia, dominated, of course, by Kabul. In this regard he diplomatically recognised Bukhara and Khiva, in Central Asia, in 1919, in order to establish them as states in international law. Amanullah continued the modernisation of Afghanistan but at a modest pace.
The ship quickly replaced the camel. Today, it has regained its geopolitical significance for two reasons: the war against terrorism and the abundance of oil and natural gas deposits. These are among the largest in the world with Kazakhstan’s potential oil reserves immense. If the flow of oil from the Middle East is cut, Central Asia becomes of supreme economic importance to the United States and the west (the United States imports over 10 million barrels of oil daily). Historically, Turkestan can be divided into eastern and western Turkestan.