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Afghanistan: Awadh Punch, 1879

A scene from the second phase of the late war, the ex-Amir sitting on the ground with one end of a rope around his waist, the other in the hands of a British officer who is preparing to lead him away to exile; to the left, Sir Frederick Roberts standing by the side of a [...]
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Summer Break + Summer Reading

Break time. The Public Archive is taking the rest of the summer off to catch up on some reading — to consider those daunting, guilt-inducing, impossible to finish accumulations of never-read classics, recently-published near-sensations, and occasionally-frustrating volumes you feel you should read if only to say you’ve read them. Hudson’s list includes W.E.B. Dubois’ Dark Water: Voices [...]
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Afghanistan: Nine Years Later

Afghanistan is a country with no images. Mohsen Makhmalbaf, “Limbs of No Body,” The Iranian (2001)
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Afghanistan: The Twelfth Century

The Minaret of Jam is the second tallest brick tower in the world after the Qutub Minar in New Delhi… Located east of Herat, the minaret stands on the site of what may be the capital of the Ghorid Dynasty, which ruled Afghanistan from 1148 to 1214. The site also includes the ruins of a [...]
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Afghanistan: Rugs of War

Max Allen, “War Rugs of Afghanistan,” Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, 2008
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Afghanistan: Intervention

What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war? Zbigniew Brzezinski, Le Nouvel Observateur (15-21 January 1998) When we moved into Afghanistan almost eight years ago—and with a [...]
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Afghanistan: The Microrayons of Kabul

In the last seven years, a small city of concrete apartment buildings and shops has risen on the outskirts of Kabul, not far from the airport. It is the Soviet district, a miniature Moscow that is the center of a separate and reclusive world occupied by the thousands of Soviet civilians who [...]
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Afghanistan: Art Histories

The tomb of Khwaja Abdullah Ansari (1006-1088), Herat, Afghanistan, built ca. 1425. Filmed by Watson Kintner (1965)
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