Afghanistan

Afghanistan
Author: Jonathan L. Lee
Publsiher: Reaktion Books
Total Pages: 784
Release: 2022-03-08
ISBN 10: 1789140196
ISBN 13: 9781789140194
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Afghanistan Book Review:

A colossal history of Afghanistan from its earliest organization into a coherent state up to its turbulent present. Located at the intersection of Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan has been strategically important for thousands of years. Its ancient routes and strategic position between India, Inner Asia, China, Persia, and beyond has meant the region has been subject to frequent invasions, both peaceful and military. As a result, modern Afghanistan is a culturally and ethnically diverse country, but one divided by conflict, political instability, and by mass displacements of its people. In this magisterial illustrated history, Jonathan L. Lee tells the story of how a small tribal confederacy in a politically and culturally significant but volatile region became a modern nation-state. Drawing on more than forty years of study, Lee places the current conflict in Afghanistan in its historical context and challenges many of the West’s preconceived ideas about the country. Focusing particularly on the powerful Durrani monarchy, which united the country in 1747 and ruled for nearly two and a half centuries, Lee chronicles the origins of the dynasty as clients of Safavid Persia and Mughal India: the reign of each ruler and their efforts to balance tribal, ethnic, regional, and religious factions; the struggle for social and constitutional reform; and the rise of Islamic and Communist factions. Along the way, he offers new cultural and political insights from Persian histories, the memoirs of Afghan government officials, British government and India Office archives, and recently released CIA reports and Wikileaks documents. He also sheds new light on the country’s foreign relations, its internal power struggles, and the impact of foreign military interventions such as the “War on Terror.”

A Brief History of Afghanistan

A Brief History of Afghanistan
Author: Shaista Wahab,Barry Youngerman
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2007-01-01
ISBN 10: 1438108192
ISBN 13: 9781438108193
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Understanding Afghanistan

Understanding Afghanistan
Author: Abdul Qayyum
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2021-09-30
ISBN 10: 1000426505
ISBN 13: 9781000426502
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Afghanistan Book Review:

This book delves into the history of Afghanistan, its people, and its relationship with neighbours, to unravel the intricate politics and ethnolinguistic diversity of the country. It discusses the history of innumerable invasions which left imprints over the country and its people and (have) created a complex fabric of different ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural groups. The volume looks at the various empires which warred over the land including the Persian, Greek, Mongol, and Sassanid dynasties as well as the later interferences by the British and the Russians and the emergence of the Taliban. It examines the correlations between war, power politics, religion, local governance, and the opium trade and economy in Afghanistan. The author through personal stories and anecdotes of his visits and journeys in Afghanistan provides a very rich and extensive view of Afghan politics, culture and history. The relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan and Afghanistan’s unique position in the politics of the region is also a thread which runs through the entire book. This book will a great resource (be of interest) to researchers and students of politics, history, Central and South Asian Studies, war and international relations, political economy, and peace and reconciliation studies. It will also interest journalists, diplomats and international development organizations.

The American War in Afghanistan

The American War in Afghanistan
Author: Carter Malkasian
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 561
Release: 2021-06-15
ISBN 10: 0197550797
ISBN 13: 9780197550793
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The American War in Afghanistan Book Review:

A New York Times Notable Book The first authoritative history of American's longest war by one of the world's leading scholar-practitioners. The American war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, is now the longest armed conflict in the nation's history. It is currently winding down, and American troops are likely to leave soon but only after a stay of nearly two decades. In The American War in Afghanistan, Carter Malkasian provides the first comprehensive history of the entire conflict. Malkasian is both a leading academic authority on the subject and an experienced practitioner, having spent nearly two years working in the Afghan countryside and going on to serve as the senior advisor to General Joseph Dunford, the US military commander in Afghanistan and later the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Drawing from a deep well of local knowledge, understanding of Pashto, and review of primary source documents, Malkasian moves through the war's multiple phases: the 2001 invasion and after; the light American footprint during the 2003 Iraq invasion; the resurgence of the Taliban in 2006, the Obama-era surge, and the various resets in strategy and force allocations that occurred from 2011 onward, culminating in the 2018-2020 peace talks. Malkasian lived through much of it, and draws from his own experiences to provide a unique vantage point on the war. Today, the Taliban is the most powerful faction, and sees victory as probable. The ultimate outcome after America leaves is inherently unpredictable given the multitude of actors there, but one thing is sure: the war did not go as America had hoped. Although the al-Qa'eda leader Osama bin Laden was killed and no major attack on the American homeland was carried out after 2001, the United States was unable to end the violence or hand off the war to the Afghan authorities, which could not survive without US military backing. The American War in Afghanistan explains why the war had such a disappointing outcome. Wise and all-encompassing, The American War in Afghanistan provides a truly vivid portrait of the conflict in all of its phases that will remain the authoritative account for years to come.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan
Author: Stephen Tanner
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2009-04-28
ISBN 10: 0786722630
ISBN 13: 9780786722631
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Afghanistan Book Review:

For over 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads for armies and has witnessed history-shaping clashes between civilizations: Greek, Arab, Mongol, and Tartar, and, in more recent times, British, Russian, and American. When U.S. troops entered Afghanistan in the weeks following September 11, 2001, they overthrew the Afghan Taliban regime and sent the terrorists it harbored on the run. But America's initial easy victory is in sharp contrast to the difficulties it faces today in confronting the Taliban resurgence. Originally published in 2002, Stephen Tanner's Afghanistan has now been completely updated to include the crucial turn of events since America first entered the country.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan
Author: Sir Martin Ewans,Martin Ewans
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 0415298261
ISBN 13: 9780415298261
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Afghanistan Book Review:

Sir Martin Ewans, former Head of the British Chancery in Kabul, puts into an historical and contemporary context the series of tragic events that have impinged on Afghanistan in the past fifty years. The book examines the roots of these developments in Afghanistan's earlier history and external relationships, as well as their contemporary relevance, internally, regionally, and globally. The book also reviews in details the emergence of the Taliban, their ideology and their place within Islam, and examines Afghanistan's relevance in global issues, notably the nature of Islamic extremism, the international drugs trade and international terrorism. It ends with an analysis of the country post-Taliban.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan
Author: Thomas Barfield
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 389
Release: 2012-03-25
ISBN 10: 0691154414
ISBN 13: 9780691154411
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Afghanistan Book Review:

Traces the political history of Afghanistan from the sixteenth century to the present, looking at what has united the people as well as the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them.

Games without Rules

Games without Rules
Author: Tamim Ansary
Publsiher: PublicAffairs
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2012-11-27
ISBN 10: 1610390954
ISBN 13: 9781610390958
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Games without Rules Book Review:

Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism. That war is real; but it sits atop an older struggle, between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan: a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam. Now, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out, and to illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nation undermined by its own demons while, every 40 to 60 years, a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. Told in conversational, storytelling style, and focusing on key events and personalities, Games without Rules provides revelatory insight into a country at the center of political debate.

The History of Afghanistan

The History of Afghanistan
Author: Meredith L. Runion
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2015-01
ISBN 10: 9781610697774
ISBN 13: 1610697774
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The History of Afghanistan Book Review:

This chronological account traces the history of Afghanistan from pre-civilization to present-day events and considers the future of democracy in Afghanistan.

Afghan Modern

Afghan Modern
Author: Robert D. Crews
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 381
Release: 2015-09-14
ISBN 10: 067428609X
ISBN 13: 9780674286092
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Afghan Modern Book Review:

Rugged, remote, riven by tribal rivalries and religious violence, Afghanistan seems to many a forsaken country frozen in time. Robert Crews presents a bold challenge to this misperception. During their long history, Afghans have engaged and connected with a wider world, occupying a pivotal position in the Cold War and the decades that followed.

The Afghanistan Papers

The Afghanistan Papers
Author: Craig Whitlock,The Washington Post
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2021-08-31
ISBN 10: 1982159022
ISBN 13: 9781982159023
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Afghanistan Papers Book Review:

The groundbreaking investigative story of how three successive presidents and their military commanders deceived the public year after year about America’s longest war, foreshadowing the Taliban’s recapture of Afghanistan, by Washington Post reporter and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Whitlock. Unlike the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 had near-unanimous public support. At first, the goals were straightforward and clear: to defeat al-Qaeda and prevent a repeat of 9/11. Yet soon after the United States and its allies removed the Taliban from power, the mission veered off course and US officials lost sight of their original objectives. Distracted by the war in Iraq, the US military became mired in an unwinnable guerrilla conflict in a country it did not understand. But no president wanted to admit failure, especially in a war that began as a just cause. Instead, the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations sent more and more troops to Afghanistan and repeatedly said they were making progress, even though they knew there was no realistic prospect for an outright victory. Just as the Pentagon Papers changed the public’s understanding of Vietnam, The Afghanistan Papers contains startling revelation after revelation from people who played a direct role in the war, from leaders in the White House and the Pentagon to soldiers and aid workers on the front lines. In unvarnished language, they admit that the US government’s strategies were a mess, that the nation-building project was a colossal failure, and that drugs and corruption gained a stranglehold over their allies in the Afghan government. All told, the account is based on interviews with more than 1,000 people who knew that the US government was presenting a distorted, and sometimes entirely fabricated, version of the facts on the ground. Documents unearthed by The Washington Post reveal that President Bush didn’t know the name of his Afghanistan war commander—and didn’t want to make time to meet with him. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld admitted he had “no visibility into who the bad guys are.” His successor, Robert Gates, said: “We didn’t know jack shit about al-Qaeda.” The Afghanistan Papers is a shocking account that will supercharge a long overdue reckoning over what went wrong and forever change the way the conflict is remembered.

A Military History of Afghanistan

A Military History of Afghanistan
Author: Ali Ahmad Jalali
Publsiher: Modern War Studies (Hardcover)
Total Pages: 656
Release: 2017-03-17
ISBN 10: 9780700624072
ISBN 13: 0700624074
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Military History of Afghanistan Book Review:

The first comprehensive history of over two centuries of warfare and international conflict in Afghanistan, including the Anglo-Afghan wars of the nineteenth century, the early twentieth century struggles over modernization, the fall of the last monarchy, the Soviet-Afghan War, and the twenty-first century US Global War on Terror.

The History of Afghanistan 6 Vol Set

The History of Afghanistan  6 Vol  Set
Author: Fayz Muhammad Kātib Hazārah
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 3
Release: 2012-12-19
ISBN 10: 9004234918
ISBN 13: 9789004234918
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The History of Afghanistan 6 Vol Set Book Review:

The Sir?j al-taw?r?kh is the most important history of Afghanistan ever written. This pinnacle of the rich Afghan historiographic tradition is available in English translation, annotated, fully indexed, including an introduction, eight appendices, Persian-English and English-Persian glossaries, and bibliography.

Humanitarian Invasion

Humanitarian Invasion
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN 10: 1107112079
ISBN 13: 9781107112070
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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History of Afghanistan

History of Afghanistan
Author: Percy Molesworth Sykes
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 850
Release: 1996-05-01
ISBN 10: 9788170691242
ISBN 13: 8170691249
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan

The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan
Author: Robert D. Crews,Amin Tarzi
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 430
Release: 2009-06-30
ISBN 10: 0674030028
ISBN 13: 9780674030022
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan Book Review:

[This book] explores ... how has a seemingly anachronistic band of religious zealots managed to retain a tenacious foothold in the struggle for Afghanistan's future ... [It] investigates ... questions relating to the character of the Taliban, its evolution over time, and its capacity to affect the future of the region.--Dust jacket.

The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan

The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan
Author: N. Nojumi
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2016-04-30
ISBN 10: 0312299109
ISBN 13: 9780312299101
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan Book Review:

This book describes the turbulent political history of Afghanistan from the communist upheaval of the 1970s through to the aftermath of the events of 11 September 2001. It reviews the importance of the region to external powers and explains why warfare and instability have been endemic. The author analyses in detail the birth of the Taliban and the bloody rise to power of fanatic Islamists, including Osama bin Laden, in the power vacuum following the withdrawal of US aid. Looking forward, Nojumi explores the ongoing quest for a third political movement in Afghanistan - an alternative to radical communists or fanatical Islamists and suggests the support that will be neccessary from the international community in order for such a movement to survive.

The War for Afghanistan A Very Brief History

The War for Afghanistan  A Very Brief History
Author: Thomas Barfield
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 62
Release: 2012-05-06
ISBN 10: 1400843146
ISBN 13: 9781400843145
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The War for Afghanistan A Very Brief History Book Review:

When it invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the United States sought to do something previous foreign powers had never attempted: to create an Afghani state where none existed. More than a decade on, the new regime in Kabul remains plagued by illegitimacy and ineffectiveness. What happened? As Thomas Barfield shows, the history of previous efforts to build governments in Afghanistan does much to explain the difficulties besetting this newest experiment. Princeton Shorts are brief selections taken from influential Princeton University Press books and produced exclusively in ebook format. Providing unmatched insight into important contemporary issues or timeless passages from classic works of the past, Princeton Shorts enable you to be an instant expert in a world where information is everywhere but quality is at a premium.

Ghost Wars

Ghost Wars
Author: Steve Coll
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 736
Release: 2005-03-03
ISBN 10: 0141935790
ISBN 13: 9780141935799
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ghost Wars Book Review:

The news-breaking book that has sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeada's evolution. Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll has spent years reporting from the Middle East, accessed previously classified government files and interviewed senior US officials and foreign spymasters. Here he gives the full inside story of the CIA's covert funding of an Islamic jihad against Soviet forces in Afghanistan, explores how this sowed the seeds of bn Laden's rise, traces how he built his global network and brings to life the dramatic battles within the US government over national security. Above all, he lays bare American intelligence's continual failure to grasp the rising threat of terrrorism in the years leading to 9/11 - and its devastating consequences.

Afghanistan Book

Afghanistan Book
Author: University Press
Publsiher: Independently Published
Total Pages: 60
Release: 2021-08-25
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9798464187917
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Afghanistan Book Book Review:

University Press returns with another short and captivating book - a brief history of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is an enchanting country of vivid extremes - stunning beauty, grinding poverty, alpine glaciers, violent cruelty, copious tea, barren deserts, and warm hospitality. Living as they do along the ancient Silk Road, the Afghan people and their rich cultures have been indelibly shaped by centuries of trade, invasion, and conflict. Afghanistan has been called "the graveyard of empires" for its uncanny ability to resist foreign occupation. Afghans have successfully seen off the invading armies of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the British empire, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Yet Afghanistan remains one of the poorest and most violent countries in the world - and that was before the Taliban regained control of the country in 2021. But there are glimmers of progress. And there are reasons for hope. This short book peels back the veil and provides a brief glimpse into the heart-warming, gut-wrenching, awe-inspiring history of Afghanistan - a glimpse that you can read in about an hour.