Late last year the United States and NATO officially ended more than 13 years of military operations in Afghanistan, the landlocked Central Asian countries seem to finally bid farewell to the smoke of war, will turn to a new chapter in history.
In fact, before the arrival of a series of wars, Afghanistan has also been a calm and peaceful country. A man named William - Bird Creek (William Podlich) of university professors in the 1960s had lived for some time in Afghanistan, he resigned from Arizona State University faculty, as a member of UNESCO, and his wife and children came together in the Afghan capital Kabul. Where he shot a lot of photos that have become an invaluable record recorded with many people's minds in a completely different one in Afghanistan.
Photographer's daughter was in this quiet and peaceful stay in the park really good memories, this picture is the park like forty years ago left. In four years later, the park has been razed to the ground, only to vaguely distinguish from among the ruins of the original pool, steps and paths.
In the 1960s, the overall social climate in Afghanistan is still very conservative, like wearing sleeveless clothes blonde locals obviously has a very big attraction.
But at the time there are still many more people wearing Western-style clothing, such as photos of these men in suits and ties who.
In the 1920s, the Afghan king Amanullah - under Khan (King Amanullah Khan) efforts in Afghanistan at the time of the formation of a modern army. Amanullah - During the reign of Khan, launched the Third Anglo-Afghan war in Afghanistan, after a tough fight in Afghanistan after independence.
A brand new car just made a good passing a mountain tunnel ...
Another car parked in just made good, clean but exaggerated open gas stations.
Afghanistan was still a lot of use of Western-style education in schools and universities, where boys and girls can talk freely.
Afghanistan 40 years ago a "reform and opening" after the appearance, just paved the road packed with all kinds of new cars.
Afghanistan was also the presence of the Boy Scouts, Boy Scouts way zipper ongoing march team.
Afghanistan is just 40 years ago embarked on the road of modernization.
However, many of the traditional culture of Afghanistan are still being preserved, such as Afghanistan's traditional dress and customs. Even in the capital, Kabul, markets and almost no change compared to a few decades ago.
Street vendors selling all kinds of soft drinks very characteristic Afghanistan next bike 28 inch bicycle will evoke memories of many people.
Every corner of the city can be like a construction site.
After World War II took place, was not involved in the war in Afghanistan, but after the war the two superpowers, the Soviet Union has become a fight for a piece of cake. Two Big Brother wants to get right to the Afghan road construction and other infrastructure projects, part of the highway built by the Americans in Afghanistan, and another part is the Soviets built.
Today in Afghanistan road Buyi Kong, ten steps a whistle. In the 1960s, on the road to Afghanistan's very safe, absolutely without any weapons or terrorist incidents.
Compared to now, the last century, children under 60 years of growing up in a very safe environment, but also no life stress.
Villages in the 1960s and now in fact not much difference compared to ...
But overall this is a thriving country scene, construction sites is simply everywhere.
The city can still be seen bustling trace of atmosphere, especially the upper crust gathered rich area.
There was a lot of Americans in Afghanistan schools into now, which is totally unimaginable thing.
Opened the photo is a government official's car.
Half a century later, still no major changes in the fruit stand, which is also an important part of the local culture of Afghanistan.
Fabric market is the same.
Afghanistan is one of the specialty glassware, Afghanistan sell glassware market is like Beijing's Panjiayuan same.
Half a century later, those classic building in Kabul preserved down in the war, the city still has a considerable degree of recognition.
The city's unique style is reflected in this photo.
Kabul has been hit course of Western culture, many new buildings are clearly Western style.
Trucks full of people is nothing new here, and this is only compared to India's train trivial.
In the distant mountains and against the background of snow everywhere, Kabul was extremely beautiful.
Afghanistan was in fact not a conservative, women wearing the burqa is not mandatory and veil, of course, some women still wear this.
Very typical Afghan-style arches.
Afghanistan at the time, even in rural areas, basic education facilities are very standard, very complete.
Afghan people are very clear that education will improve their future to a large extent.
In some conditions are relatively poor areas, children will attend class in an open-air classroom.
Of course, able to do so, they would go to the construction of new school buildings.
Nationalism began to gain a foothold, the Afghan people began to identify with this country, rather than individual tribes.
Even 60 years ago, Kabul already has a lot of cinemas, libraries and other public facilities, as well as some chemical laboratory. Suburb, you can see many big factories, machines are roaring sound every day, producing a large number of products.
Many historic buildings are very well protected.
People gathered in the streets to participate in some of the religious and cultural activities, then their heads no clouds terrorist attacks.
Afghanistan is becoming increasingly modern city, but in remote areas and a few decades ago but still no difference.
Despite the impact of many Western cultures, but on the world stage in Afghanistan still has a unique national style.
Afghan street monkey show.
Urban and rural areas, the West and South Asia, the elements are reflected in this photo, it was a different era of cultural collision and fusion.
Afghanistan has embarked on the road to prosperity and strength, unfortunately, it is not far away from the war. In the 20 years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, which also allow the future of Afghanistan has become a completely different country.