In Afghanistan: Two Hundred Years of British, Russian and American Occupation

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St. Martin's Press, Jun 23, 2009 - Political Science - 288 pages

Afghanistan has been a strategic prize for foreign empires for more than 200 years. The British, Russians, and Americans have all fought across its beautiful and inhospitable terrain, in conflicts variously ruthless, misguided and bloody. This violent history is the subject of David Loyn's magisterial book. It is a history littered with misunderstandings and broken promises, in which the British, the Russians, and later the Americans, constantly underestimated the ability of the Afghans. In Afghanistan brilliantly brings to life the personalities involved in Afghanistan's relationship with the world, chronicling the misunderstandings and missed opportunities that have so often led to war.
With 30 years experience as a foreign correspondent, David Loyn has had a front-row seat during Afghanistan's recent history. In Afghanistan draws on David Loyn's unrivalled knowledge of the Taliban and the forces that prevail in Afghanistan, to provide the definitive analysis of the lessons these conflicts have for the present day.

 

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Contents

Characters
ix
Glossary
xix
First Encounters and the First AngloAfghan War 18081842
9
Wild and Strange
11
A War of Robbery
27
Retreat
49
Russian Moves and the Second AngloAfghan War 18421880
63
The Great Game
65
Revolution and the Soviet Invasion 19731994
133
Muslim Reactionaries
135
Charlie Horse
147
Fighting to the Last Afghan
159
The Taliban and the USLed Invasion 19942008
175
Virtue and Vice
177
Sons of Dost
195
The Cheaper Man
213

Afghanistan as a Whole Could No Longer Exist
79
Making the Frontier The Third AngloAfghan War and Afghan Reform 18801933
95
The Oasis War and the Durand Line
97
Tribes Generally Are Rising
109
Bolt from the Blue
123
Notes and Sources
233
Bibliography
251
Index
257
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About the author (2009)

David Loyn has been an award-winning foreign correspondent for 30 years for the BBC. He has reported from such places as Moscow, Kosovo, Delhi, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Kabul. His book Frontline: The True Story of the British Mavericks who Changed the Face of War Reporting was shortlisted for the 2006 Orwell Prize. He is currently the BBC's developing world correspondent. He lives in London.

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