Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- 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. 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.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Series:||The CERI Series in Comparative Politics and International Studies|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Gilles Dorronsoro is professor of political science, Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). He has written extensively on Afghan and Central Asian politics and is a member of the editorial committees of Cultures and Conflicts and Central Asian Literature.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Origins of the Afghan Revolution
1. The Sociogenesis of the Afghan State
2. From Mobilisation to Revolution
Part II. Mobilisations
3. The Commanders
4. The Jihadi Parties
Part III. The Dynamics of Confrontation
5. The Kabul Regime
6. The Guerillas
Part IV. The Taliban
7. Competition and the Impetus towards Monopoly (1992-2001)
8. The Ethnicisation of the Conflict
9. The Clerical State
Part V. The American Invasion and the Return of Fragmentation
10. A Splendid Little War?
11. the Return to Political Fragmentation
12. The Policy of Pakistan
What People are Saying About This
Better than any other scholar, Dorronsoro has rebutted the image of politics between the fall of communist power and the rise of Taliban as simply a primordial struggle devoid of logic or rationale.
William Maley, author of Fundamentalism Reborn? Afghanistan and the Taliban
This magnificent work of research and interpretation deserves to become a classic in the field.
Anatol Lieven, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism
Even after September 11 and the rush to publish new books on Afghanistan, [ Revolution Unending] stands out as one of the best general studies of the Afghan conflict.
Antonio Giustozzi, author of War, Politics, and Society
One of the finest studies of the origins, structure, and conduct of the conflicts in Afghanistan. It is based on solid fieldwork and informed by a sophisticated intellectual framework.
Barnett Rubin, director, New York University's Center on International Cooperation and author of The Search for Peace in Afghanistan and director, New York University's Center on International Cooperation and author of The Search force in Afghanistan