April 2005
Background Notes on Countries of the World: Afghanistan;Apr2005, p3
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The article presents information on the history of Afghanistan. The nation, often called the crossroads of Central Asia, has had a turbulent history. During the 19th century, collision between the expanding British Empire in the subcontinent and czarist Russia significantly influenced Afghanistan in what was termed "The Great Game." British concern over Russian advances in Central Asia and growing influence in Persia culminated in two Anglo-Afghan wars. Afghanistan remained neutral during World War I, despite German encouragement of anti-British feelings and Afghan rebellion along the borders of British India.


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