1918-1933 History of Afghanistan 1945-1964





Afghanistan 1933-1945



In 1933 ZAHIR SHAH ascended to the throne.
In World War II, German agents tried to persuade Zahir Shah to enter the war on the side of the axis; the Allies, by taking control of Persia, isolated Afghanistan; the country remained neutral.

In 1935 the population figure for Afghanistan was given as 7,000,000; that of capital Kabul as 140,000. The country's main products included wool, carpets, fur, grain, cotton, tobacco fruits, butter. There was some mining (copper, lead, iron, coal). The country had no railroads, 2500 km of roads (1937), c. 500 registered cars and 2500 trucks. State revenues, c. 1937, were c. 70 million Rupees, mainly customs revenues.

The Afghan National Olympic Committee was established in 1935 and recognized by the IOC in 1936.





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Articles National Olympic Committee, from Wikipedia
Timetable History of Afghanistan, from BBC News
DOCUMENTS
REFERENCE Hübner's Weltstatistik, 73rd edition, edited by Ernst Rösner, Wien 1939
Article : Afghanistan, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1937 pp.672-676, 1943 pp.680-685 [G]
Article : Afghanistan, in : Americana Annual 1934 pp.4-5, 1935 pp.6-7, 1936 p.9, 1937 p.7, 1938 p.7, 1939 pp.8-9, 1940 pp.8-9, 1943 pp.10-11, 1944 pp.12-13, 1945 pp.12-14, 1946 pp.12-13 [G]
Article : Afghanistan, in : New International Year Book 1934 p.9, 1935 p.10, 1938 pp.9-10, 1939 pp.10-11, Events of 1940 pp.7-8, 1941 pp.7-8, 1942 p.11, 1943 pp.15-16, 1944 pp.14-15, 1945 pp.21-22 [G]
Article : Afghanistan, in : Funk & Wagnall's New Standard Encyclopedia Year Book 1934 pp.18-19, 1936 pp.16-17, 1937 p.15, 1938 p.15, 1939 pp.16-17, 1940 p.17, 1941 pp.17-18, 1942 pp.27-28, 1943 p.30, 1944 p.24 [G]
The Far Frontiers pp.507-523, in : John Gunther, Inside Asia, 1942 War Edition, NY : Harper & Brothers (1938) 1942
Article : Afghanistan, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1944 p.22, 1945 p.23, 1945 p.23 [G]



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