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Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival

Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival
Amin Saikal

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Afghanistan's history is a sad one: Soviet invasion in 1979; Pakistan-backed internal conflict in the 1980s; the Taliban regime and then the US invasion after the catastrophe of September 11th. Why does Afghanistan remain so vulnerable to domestic instability, foreign intervention and ideological extremism? Amin Saikal provides us with a sweeping new understanding of this troubled country that grounds Afghanistan's problems in rivalries stemming from a series of dynastic alliances within the successive royal families from the end of the eighteenth century to the pro-Communist coup of 1978. This is the definitive study of Afghanistan.

Author Info

Amin Saikal is the Director of the Center for Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at Australian National University in Canberra.


[An] authoritative study of Afghanistan and its troubles...accessible to both general readers and specialists alike.
- The Middle East Magazine

[S]uccessfully sustains a new approach to Afghan history...excellent and lucid: a much needed account.
- Peter Avery, King's College, Cambridge

[I]f you want an insider's interpretation of modern Afghanistan (and one that is remarkably free from one-sided ideology), this is an excellent primer.
- Sydney Morning Herald

This is an excellent book. Clear, analytical, easy to read on occasion positively gripping. Indeed, this reviewer, when reading it on the train, became so engrossed that he missed his station.
- Paul Bergne, Asian Affairs

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.

ISBN: 9781845113162
Publication Date: 30 Sep 2006
Number of Pages: 352
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 1 map

ISBN: 9781850434375
Publication Date: 26 Aug 2004
Number of Pages: 352
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: map

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