The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System
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.
Praise for the earlier edition:
"This study is theoretically informed, empirically grounded, and gracefully
written. Anyone who wants to understand Afghanistan’s troubled history and the
reasons for its present distress should read this book.”--Foreign Affairs
"This is the book on Afghanistan for the educated public.”--Political Science Quarterly
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Preface to the Second Edition
State Society and Politics
From Gunpowder Empires to
From the Second Cold War to the Collapse
Party State and Society 19801985
State and Society 19861991
Mujahidin Society and the International
International Aid War and Local and Regional Organization
Mujahidin after Soviet Withdrawal
Afghanistan without Foreign Aid
Note on Sources
Financing of Government Expenditure 19521988
Rentier State and Rentier Revolutionaries 81
International Aid War and National Organization
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Barnett R. Rubin
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