Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival

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I. B. Tauris, Nov 28, 2006 - History - 342 pages
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Afghanistan's history is a sad one: Soviet invasion in 1979; Pakistan-backed internal conflict in the 1980s; the Taliban regime and then the US invasion after the catastrophe of September 11th. 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 grounds 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. This is the definitive study of Afghanistan.

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An amazing read that had so many good historical insights. The author did an excellent job of laying out the various historical stages in Afghanistan's modern history--and in looking at the underlying ... Read full review

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Amin Saikal is director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. He has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Princeton and Cambridge, as well as at Sussex University's Institute of Development Studies. He has also been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations. He is the author of numerous works on the Middle East, Central Asia, and Russia, including The Rise and Fall of the Shah; Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation?

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