Afghanistan: A Modern History

Afghanistan: A Modern History

by Angelo Rasanayagam
     
 

Afghanistan has long been the focal point of East-West relations, from the 19th and early 20th centuries when its mountain ranges provided the arena where the world's greatest powers sought to expand their influence to its center role in international struggles today. Squeezed between four empires--Russia, China, India, and Persia--Afghanistan's tortured history

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Afghanistan has long been the focal point of East-West relations, from the 19th and early 20th centuries when its mountain ranges provided the arena where the world's greatest powers sought to expand their influence to its center role in international struggles today. Squeezed between four empires--Russia, China, India, and Persia--Afghanistan's tortured history provides an extraordinary glimpse into the patterns of world movements. This serious, yet accessible history of modern Afghanistan is of vital importance for understanding the country's current crisis and is essential reading for historians, policy makers, and all those interested in the state of the world today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850438571
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
11/05/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.86(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan
• Preface & Acknowledgments
• Maps
• Introduction: The Origins
• Part 1: The Bullding of the State
• The 'Iron Amir': Abdur Rahman Khan (1880-1901)
• The Afghan Monarchy
• Daoud's Modernization Programme and the Pashtunistan Issue (1953-63)
• The Democratic Experiment (1963-73)
• The Abolition of the Monarchy and the Daoud Presidency (1973-78)
• Part II: The Descent into Civil War and Anarchy
• The 'Saur Revolution' (1978-79)
• Prelude to the Soviet Invasion
• The Sovietisation of Afghanistan (1979-89)Pakistan, the United States and the Afghan Resistance
• The Geneva Accords and the Soviet Withdrawal
• Part III: The Disintegration of the State
• The Fragmentation of Afghanistan
• Afghan Buzkashi: The Players and the Stakes (1989-98)
• Regional and International Reactions and Repercussions
• Pakistan and the Taliban
• The Withered State (1996-2001)
• Part IV: The Rude Awakening
• Holy War, Unholy Terror
• Winning a War, Building the Peace
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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