Modern Afghanistan (Paperback)

Amin Saikal

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Afghanistan's recent history is a sad one: Soviet invasion in 1979; Pakistan-backed internal conflict in the 1980s; the Taliban regime and then the US invasion and the multi-national occupation after the events of September 11th 2001. Why does Afghanistan remain so vulnerable to domestic instability, foreign intervention and ideological extremism? Amin Saikal provides us with a sweeping new understanding of this troubled country that situates Afghanistan's problems in 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 1978 and onto the present day. And here, for the first time, is an up-to-date analysis of the era of the Taliban's rule, the effects of US intervention in the country and attempts to negotiate a US withdrawal - including talks about talks with the Taliban themselves. This book, which sets the crisis of Afghanistan in the context of the country's modern history and social structures, makes a major and highly original contribution towards a better and more nuanced understanding of this ill-fated land. Cited for the BRISMES 2005 Book Prize.


Product Details

  • Product code: AEKUY
  • ISBN: 9781780761220
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 21.2cm x 13.5cm
  • Pages: 416
  • Publish date: Fri Jun 01 00:00:00 BST 2012
  • Book points: 14

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