Kabul: a History 1773-1948

Author: May Schinasi
Translator: Robert McChesney
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.

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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 Serâj ul-akhbâr (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.
Preface to the French Edition
Preface to the English Edition

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-Rahmân Khân, Master Builder
Chapter Four: The Serâjiya Capital: 1901-1919
Chapter Five: Amâniya Kabul: The Dream of Modernization
Chapter Six: The Emergence of Modern Urban Planning

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Those studying the architectural, social and political history of the Afghan capital; historians, sociologists and architects interested in the urban development of Kabul.