Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

For a while the Soviet-Afghan War was seen as the Beginning of the End of the Soviet Union, and while that may still be a fair description, I suspect we’d think of it a bit differently nowadays. The plucky Mujahideen who earned America’s support and admiration for their brave fight against the Communist Menace eventually … Continue reading Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

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Today in South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

The Durand Line, AKA “the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” is one of those legacies of colonial times that everybody’s still, unfortunately, living with today. Named after the guy who dreamed it up, British Foreign Secretary for India (at the time) Sir Mortimer Durand, it was meant to fix the border between British India and … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

Today in South Asian history: the Third Battle of Panipat (1761)

Usually when a place is the site of three major battles, particularly when those battles take place over the (relatively) compressed period of about 250 years, the reason is, as real estate agents say, location, location, location. Panipat, located more or less along the most direct route from the Khyber Pass (historically the best/most popular … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Third Battle of Panipat (1761)

Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

For a while the Soviet-Afghan War was seen as the Beginning of the End of the Soviet Union, and while there may still be something to that, I suspect we’d think of it a bit differently nowadays. The plucky Mujahideen who earned America’s support and admiration for their brave fight against the Communist Menace eventually … Continue reading Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

Today in Central/South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

The Durand Line, AKA “the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” is one of those legacies of colonial times that everybody’s still, unfortunately, living with today. Named after the guy who dreamed it up, British Foreign Secretary for India (at the time) Sir Mortimer Durand, it was meant to fix the border between British India and … Continue reading Today in Central/South Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

Today in South Asian history: the Third Battle of Panipat (1761)

As the title says, the battle we're talking about today was the third, and final (so far, at least), major battle fought near the northern Indian city of Panipat, which you can see marked on this handy Google map I just made: Usually when a place is the site of three major battles, particularly when … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Third Battle of Panipat (1761)

Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

For a while the Soviet-Afghan War was seen as the Beginning of the End of the Soviet Union, and while there may still be something to that, I suspect we'd think of it a bit differently nowadays. The plucky Mujahideen who earned America's support and admiration for their brave fight against the Communist Menace eventually … Continue reading Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)