Afghanistan / Edition 1

Afghanistan / Edition 1

by Mohammed Kakar
     
 


"The times Kakar writes about have . . . pervasively influenced every life in Afghanistan. . . . He was continuously faced with different versions of the Afghan experience as his country went through one of the great cataclysms of its history. We are fortunate to have his account."—Robert Canfield, editor of Turko-Persia in HistoricalSee more details below

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"The times Kakar writes about have . . . pervasively influenced every life in Afghanistan. . . . He was continuously faced with different versions of the Afghan experience as his country went through one of the great cataclysms of its history. We are fortunate to have his account."—Robert Canfield, editor of Turko-Persia in Historical Perspective

"This is the first history of recent events in Afghanistan by a native historian trained in London. Kakar writes objectively about the Soviets, the Afghan government, and the Mujahideen. With personal observations, including years spent in Kabul's notorious Pul-i Charkhi prison, this book is unique in revealing many events hitherto not known or recorded. It will remain a standard work on . . . contemporary Afghanistan."—Richard N. Frye, Harvard University

"Kakar, one of Afghanistan's most distinguished scholars, has provided an outstanding account of a complex and interesting phase of modern Afghanistan history. . . . A fascinating and absorbing analysis . . . exhaustive and most valuable."—Vartan Gregorian, President, Brown University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520208933
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/03/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Maps
Introduction1
1The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan21
2Why Did the Soviet Union Invade?32
3Under the Soviet Shadow51
4Islamic Resistance Organizations79
5Nationalist Resistance Organizations96
6Urban Uprisings and Their Suppression110
7Beginning of the Countrywide Armed Clashes124
8A New Type of War Leader: The Case of Logar138
9KhAD as an Agency of Suppression153
10Military and Administrative Measures for Consolidation of the Government169
11Victory at Any Cost187
12Elimination of Opponents by Nonmilitary Means199
13Genocide Throughout the Country213
14Genocide in Districts Around Kabul231
Conclusion253
Epilogue, 1982-1994257
Appendix A. Political Organizations, Factions, and Unions301
Appendix B. Selected Biographical Sketches304
Appendix C. Afghan Refugees in Pakistan319
Appendix D. Telephone Conversation Between Kosygin and Taraki321
Notes327
Glossary355
Select Bibliography357
Index365
About the Author379

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