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Kabul: A History 1773-1948
Published by Brill
In Kabul: A History, 1773-1948 May Schinasi provides a richly detailed, thoroughly documented, and well-illustrated account of the history of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, through its architecture.
Through years of neglect, deliberate modernization, and the effect of decades of war, Kabul's architectural history has virtually disappeared. By meticulous use of all available records including written works, photographs, films, and oral reminiscences, Kabul: A History 1773-1948 provides a remarkably complete and unsurpassed account of the city's history as seen through its built environment, from the pleasure gardens of the 16th and 17th century Mughals to the efforts of the Saduza'i and Muhammadza'i rulers of the 18th-20th centuries to turn this one-time resort town into a thriving capital city at the center of a country of enormous diversity. Thoroughly documented and well-illustrated, the book reveals the rich cultural legacy of a city of global importance.
Preface to the French Edition Preface to the English Edition Acknowledgements Transliteration Abbreviations Introduction Chapter One: The Garden City of Babur and the Mughal Emperors Chapter Two: The Vicissitudes of the New Afghan Capital Chapter Three: Amir `Abd or-Rahman Khan, Master Builder Chapter Four: The Serajiya Capital: 1901-1919 Chapter Five: Amaniya Kabul: The Dream of Modernization Chapter Six: The Emergence of Modern Urban Planning Conclusion Glossary Annexes Bibliography Index Plates and figures
May Schinasi, Ph.D. (1975) in Afghan History, EPHE, Paris. Independent scholar, author of Afghanistan at the beginning of the twentieth century. Nationalism and journalism in Afghanistan. A Study of Seraj ul-akhbar (1911-1918) (1979), and a number of articles. R. D. McChesney (translator), Emeritus Professor, New York University, is the author of Waqf in Central Asia (1991), Central Asia: Foundations of Change (1996), Kabul Under Siege (1999), and numerous articles and book chapters. He is also founder and director of the Afghanistan Digital Library.
Reviewer: Caleb Simmons
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