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By Ali Ahmad Jalali

ISBN-10: 0700624074

ISBN-13: 9780700624072

The background of Afghanistan is basically army background. From the Persians and Greeks of antiquity to the British, Soviet, and American powers nowa days, outsiders have led army conquests into the mountains and plains of Afghanistan, leaving their indelible marks in this historical land on the juncture of Europe, Asia, and the center East. during this ebook Ali Ahmad Jalali, a former inside minister of Afghanistan, faucets a deep realizing of his country's far-off and up to date prior to discover Afghanistan's army heritage over the past 2 hundred years. With an introductory bankruptcy highlighting the foremost army advancements from early occasions to the root of the trendy Afghan nation, Jalali's account focuses totally on the period of British conquest and Anglo-Afghan wars; the Soviet invasion; the civil warfare and the increase of the Taliban; and the next U.S. invasion. having a look past continual stereotypes and generalizations--e.g., the "graveyard of empires" designation rising from the Anglo-Afghan wars of the nineteenth century and the Soviet adventure of the 1980s--Jalali bargains a nuanced and complete portrayal of ways of struggle pursued via either kingdom and non-state actors in Afghanistan opposed to various family and international enemies, below altering social, political, and technological stipulations. He unearths how the constitution of states, tribes, and social groups in Afghanistan, besides the scope in their managed house, has formed their modes of struggling with all through historical past. specifically, his account exhibits how dynastic wars and overseas conquests vary in precept, approach, and strategy from wars initiated by means of non-state actors together with tribal and neighborhood militias opposed to international invasions or repressive executive. Written by way of a qualified soldier, baby-kisser, and famous pupil with a prepared analytical snatch of his country's army and political historical past, this magisterial paintings deals designated perception into the army historical past of Afghanistan--and therefore, into Afghanistan itself.

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