9780060505080

Afghanistan

  • ISBN 13:

    9780060505080

  • ISBN 10:

    0060505087

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 04/05/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

Reaching back to earliest times, Martin Ewans examines the historical evolution of one of today's most dangerous breeding grounds of global terrorism. After a succession of early dynasties and the emergence of an Afghan empire during the eighteenth century, the nineteenth and early twentieth century saw a fierce power struggle between Russia and Britain for supremacy in Afghanistan that was ended by the nation's proclamation of independence in 1919. A communist coup in the late 1970s overthrew the established regime and led to the invasion of Soviet troops in 1979. Roughly a decade later, the Soviet Union withdrew, condemning Afghanistan to a civil war that tore apart the nation's last remnants of religious, ethnic, and political unity. It was into this climate that the Taliban was born.

Today, war-torn and economically destitute, Afghanistan faces unique challenges as it looks toward an uncertain future. Martin Ewans carefully weighs the lessons of history to provide a frank look at Afghanistan's prospects and the international resonances of the nation's immense task of total political and economic reconstruction.

β€œAn intelligent and useful book ... Ewans surveys the major episodes and controversies of Afghan history fairly and completely.... concise, overarching narrative that fills a void.”

β€” WASHINGTON POST

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