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May 2002

Afghanistan: The Harrison Forman Collection
Images of Afghanistan.
GRADE LEVEL: 6-8, 9-12

This online exhibit features a collection of images of Afghanistan taken by Harrison Forman in 1969, well before the Russian invasion. The online images are part of a larger American Geographical Society Collection housed at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Libraries.
This site has a simple but professional looking layout. The digitized images are high quality.
The six areas of the site are easily accessed from the left-side menu on the main page. Clicking on the thumbnail images in each section brings up the larger image and record. Each page has a link back to the home page.
With all the recent interest in the country of Afghanistan, this site offers some spectacular images of the country from the pre-Russian invasion era. The site documents the life and culture of the area during the 1960s. Teachers might find this site useful for taking their students on a virtual tour of the country as a prelude to a discussion of the current events. The images in this online exhibit are categorized into six major areas: Architecture, History, Land, People, Settlements, and Transportation. Included is a map of the country. Images from Kabul, Hindu Kush, and Mazar-e Sharif can be viewed by clicking on the map.


Reviewed by Hazel Jobe
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