The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System, Second Edition / Edition 2

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"This book examines Afghan society in conflict, from the 1978 communist coup to the tall of Najibullah, the Last Soviet-installed president, in 1992. This edition, newly revised by the author, reflects developments since then and includes material on the Taliban and Usama bin Laden. It is a book that now seems remarkably prescient." Drawing on two decades of research, Barnett R. Rubin, a leading expert on Afghanistan, provides a fascinating account of the nature of the old regime, the rise and fall of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, and the troubled mujahidin resistance. He relates all these phenomena to international actors, showing how the interaction of U.S. policy and Pakistani and Saudi Arabian interests has helped to create the challenges of today. Rubin puts into context the continuing turmoil in Afghanistan and offers readers a coherent historical explanation for the country's social and political fragmentation.
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Political Science Quarterly
This is the book on Afghanistan for the educated public.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300095197
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 777,368
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Political Map of Afghanistan
1 Afghanistan, Mirror of the World 1
Pt. I The Old Regime: State, Society, and Politics 17
2 Social Structure under the Old Regime 22
3 State, Tribe, and the International System: From Gunpowder Empires to the Cold War 45
4 Rentier State and Rentier Revolutionaries 81
Pt. II The PDPA in Power: From the Second Cold War to the Collapse of the USSR 107
5 Failure of Revolution from Above 111
6 Under Soviet Occupation: Party, State, and Society, 1980-1985 122
7 Soviet Withdrawal, Political Retreat: State and Society, 1986-1991 146
Pt. III The Islamic Resistance: Mujahidin, Society, and the International System 177
8 Origins of the Movement of Jihad 184
9 International Aid, War, and National Organization 196
10 International Aid, War, and Local and Regional Organization 226
11 Mujahidin after Soviet Withdrawal 247
12 State Collapse after the Cold War: Afghanistan without Foreign Aid 265
Appendix A: Note on Sources 281
Appendix B: Political Actors in Afghanistan, 1973-1994 285
Appendix C: Financing of Government Expenditure, 1952-1988 295
Notes 299
Glossary 343
Bibliography 349
Index 367
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