Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present / Edition 1

Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present / Edition 1

by Gilles Dorronsoro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231136269

ISBN-13: 9780231136266

Pub. Date: 02/23/2005

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Having traveled and researched in Afghanistan since 1988, Gilles Dorronsoro has developed a rich and nuanced understanding of the country's history and people. In Revolution Unending he draws on his extensive firsthand experience to consider the political, historical, economic, and ethnic factors that will influence Afghanistan's future. He argues that U.S.

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Having traveled and researched in Afghanistan since 1988, Gilles Dorronsoro has developed a rich and nuanced understanding of the country's history and people. In Revolution Unending he draws on his extensive firsthand experience to consider the political, historical, economic, and ethnic factors that will influence Afghanistan's future. He argues that U.S. optimism about Afghanistan following Western intervention and recent elections fails to appreciate the divisions that continue to define the country.

While not underestimating the oft-cited "ethnic factor" in Afghan politics, especially Pashtun dominance, Dorronsoro argues that class and the competition for employment and education are key factors in explaining the country's recent past. The 1990s saw the triumph of religious authorities (the ulema) and the marginalization of the traditional elites. With coalition intervention in 2001 and the subsequent deposition of the ulema-dominated Taliban, the educated elites are back in power. However, as Dorronsoro argues, patching up the country by means of short-term ethnic alliances and a new division of the spoils will only perpetuate the schisms in society. The Afghan civil war, Dorronsoro suggests, is set to continue and perhaps worsen over time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231136266
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2005
Series:
CERI Series in Comparative Politics and International Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
385
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

ForewordChronologyGlossary

Introduction

PART ONE. THE ORIGINS OF THE AFGHAN REVOLUTION

1. The Sociogenesis of the Afghan State2. From Mobilisation to Revolution

PART TWO. MOBILISATIONS

3. The Commanders4. The Jihadi Parties

PART THREE. THE DYNAMICS OF CONFRONTATION

5. The Kabul Regime6. The Guerillas

PART FOUR. THE TALIBAN

7. Competition and the Impetus towards Monopoly (1992-2001)8. The Ethnicisation of the Conflict9. The Clerical State

PART FIVE. THE AMERICAN INVASION AND THE RETURN OF FRAGMENTATION

10. A Splendid Little War? 11. the Return to Political Fragmentation12. The Policy of Pakistan

ConclusionSelect BibliographyIndex

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