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Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival
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Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival

by Amin Saikal, Kirill Nourzhanov, Raven Farhadi
 

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ISBN-10: 1845113160

ISBN-13: 9781845113162

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

Amin Saikal provides a new approach to understanding a region which is now at the center of international attention. Pushed to the forefront of world politics by the Soviet invasion of 1979, followed by murderous civil war in the 1980s, and then the establishment of the Taliban regime that resulted in American intervention following the catastrophe of September

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Amin Saikal provides a new approach to understanding a region which is now at the center of international attention. Pushed to the forefront of world politics by the Soviet invasion of 1979, followed by murderous civil war in the 1980s, and then the establishment of the Taliban regime that resulted in American intervention following the catastrophe of September 11th, Afghanistan's history is a sorry one. Saikal seeks to answer why Afghanistan's course of development has been so turbulent and why it remains so vulnerable to domestic instability, foreign intervention and ideological extremism. He argues that this was largely due to rivalries stemming from a series of dynastic alliances within the successive royal families from the end of the eighteenth century to the pro-Communist coup of April 1978. Afghanistan: Tribal Nation is an important book that serves the needs of growing numbers of people who seek to understand the history and political heritage of this troubled country.

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)

Table of Contents

Preface
• Introduction
• From Tribal Confederacy to National Coalescence
• National Awakening and Nationalism
• Independence and Radical Modernisation
• The Nadiri Dynasty: Politics of National Gradualism and 'Royal Dualism'
• The Cold War and the Rise of a Rentier State
• Experiment with Democracy, 1963-1973
• Daoud's Republicanism
• Communist Rule, the Soviet Invasion and Resistance
• Mujahideen Islamic Rule and Taliban Extremism
• US Intervention and the Karzai era
• Conclusion

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