The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System

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Yale University Press, 2002 - History - 378 pages
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This monumental book examines Afghan society in conflict, from the 1978 communist coup to the fall of Najibullah, the last Soviet-installed president, in 1992. This edition, newly revised by the author, reflects developments since then and includes material on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. It is a book that now seems remarkably prescient.

Drawing on two decades of research, Barnett R. Rubin, a leading expert on Afghanistan, provides a fascinating account of the nature of the old regime, the rise and fall of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, and the troubled Mujahidin resistance. He relates all these phenomena to international actors, showing how the interaction of U.S. policy and Pakistani and Saudi Arabian interests has helped to create the challenges of today. Rubin puts into context the continuing turmoil in Afghanistan and offers readers a coherent historical explanation for the country's social and political fragmentation.

  

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For professionals only, I would say. You will not find a more detailed analysis of the structures and history of Afghanistan. But it is tough going. Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
ix
Acknowledgments
xxxvii
State Society and Politics
17
From Gunpowder Empires to
45
From the Second Cold War to the Collapse
107
Party State and Society 19801985
122
State and Society 19861991
146
Mujahidin Society and the International
177
International Aid War and Local and Regional Organization
226
Mujahidin after Soviet Withdrawal
247
Afghanistan without Foreign Aid
265
Note on Sources
281
Financing of Government Expenditure 19521988
295
Rentier State and Rentier Revolutionaries 81
313
Glossary
343
Index
367

International Aid War and National Organization
196

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About the author (2002)

Barnett R. Rubin is professor of political science and director of studies and Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

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