Superpowers Defeated: Vietnam and Afghanistan Compared / Edition 1

Superpowers Defeated: Vietnam and Afghanistan Compared / Edition 1

by Douglas A. Borer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0714644099

ISBN-13: 9780714644097

Pub. Date: 04/29/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Was Afghanistan the Soviet Vietnam? Was Vietnam the American Afghanistan? During the Cold War, military conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan validated the crucial importance of war in global power dynamics. After approximately a decade of intense effort, military intervention proved too costly in human and material terms to be politically sustainable for the USA and…  See more details below

Overview

Was Afghanistan the Soviet Vietnam? Was Vietnam the American Afghanistan? During the Cold War, military conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan validated the crucial importance of war in global power dynamics. After approximately a decade of intense effort, military intervention proved too costly in human and material terms to be politically sustainable for the USA and USSR. In the end, both superpowers were thwarted in obtaining their original war goals and withdrew in disgrace. As a result, the parallelism between the US experience in Vietnam and the Soviet experience in Afghanistan is now a widely accepted truism. But is it so?

This book is an attempt to provide a greater degree of substance to the apparent truth that Vietnam and Afghanistan are analogous events, but also to explore the important differences between these two watershed events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714644097
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/29/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Nature of the Armed Struggle1
2The Arena19
3Analysis and Reality30
4The Faith's Galaxy43
5Recruitment57
6Individuals74
7Organization103
8Command and Control116
9Maintenance133
10Communications148
11Deployment180
12Intelligence190
13The Campaign207
14The Enemy225
15The End-game240
16The Dynamics of the Dream249
17Epilogue267
Sources277
Index283

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