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Title Afghanistan and the U.S., 1945-1963 [electronic resource] : records of the U.S. State Department Central Classified Files.

Published 1945-1963.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (9,674 images)
Series Archives unbound
Archives unbound. [electronic resource]
Notes Reproduction of the originals from the U.S. National Archives.
Summary Afghanistan's history, internal political development, foreign relations, and very existence as an independent state have largely been determined by its geographic location at the crossroads of Central, West, and South Asia. In modern times, as well as in antiquity, vast armies of the world passed through Afghanistan, temporarily establishing local control and often dominating Iran and northern India. Islam has played a key role in the formation of Afghanistan as well. Although it was the scene of great empires and flourishing trade for over two millennia, Afghanistan did not become a truly independent nation until the twentieth century. In much of the twentieth century, Afghanistan remained neutral. It was not a participant in World War II, nor aligned with either power bloc in the Cold War. However, it was a beneficiary of the latter rivalry as both the Soviet Union and the U.S. vied for influence by building such infrastructure works as roads, airports, water and sewer systems, and hospitals. The U.S. State Department Central Classified Files are the definitive source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social, and economic developments throughout the world in the twentieth century.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale, 2010. Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreements.
Local Note Images from the source libraries are selected contents of the original collection materials as representative of their value and pertinence to the digital product.
Other author United States. National Archives and Records Administration.
Subject United States. Dept. of State -- Archives.
Afghans -- Health and hygiene.
Afghans -- Education.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government.
Afghanistan -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Afghanistan.
Afghanistan -- Social life and customs.
Afghanistan -- Foreign relations.
Variant Title Afghanistan and the United States, 1945-1963