Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival

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Overview

Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival is the definitive study of Afghanistan and its troubles. It will be vital reading for all those who are interested in the new world emerging in the Middle East and Central Asia.
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"Saikal's contribution to our understanding and analysis of modern Afghanistan post 9/11 is a very important one." –International Affairs

"Fascinating... if you want an insider's interpretation of modern Afghanistan (and one that is remarkably free from one-sided ideology), this is an excellent primer." – Sydney Morning Herald

"Authoritative." – The Middle East Magazine

"Successfully sustains a new approach to Afghan history… excellent and lucid: a much needed account." – Peter Avery, King's College, Cambridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845113162
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Amin Saikal is Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. He has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Princeton and Cambridge, as well as at Sussex University's Institute of Development Studies. He is the author of numerous works on the Middle East,Central Asia, and Russia, including The Rise and Fall of the Shah and Islam and theWest: Conflict or Cooperation?.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 From tribal confederacy to national coalescence 17
Ch. 2 National awakening and nationalism 40
Ch. 3 Independence and radical modernisation 58
Ch. 4 The Nadiri dynasty : politics of national gradualism and 'royal dualism' 93
Ch. 5 The Cold War and the rise of a rentier state 117
Ch. 6 Experiment with democracy, 1963-1973 133
Ch. 7 Daoud's republicanism 169
Ch. 8 Communist rule, the Soviet invasion and resistance 187
Ch. 9 Mujahideen Islamic rule, Taliban extremism and US intervention 209
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