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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Afghanistan Wars

ISBN 9781403918406
Publication Date August 2002
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

The current situation in Afghanistan is all too familiar, but its past remains unfamilar to many. William Maley offers a valuable insight into Afghanistan's wars and the domestic, regional, and international politics that have exposed the population of what was once one of the most stable states in Asia to enormous damage. Maley examines the Soviet-Afghan War, the Afghan Civil War and the current conflict in the context of Afghanistan's cultural, social, political and geographical complexities. These are complexities with which policy makers, journalists, students and scholars must now come to terms.

WILLIAM MALEY is Associate Professor of Politics, University College, University of New South Wales

The Road to War
Soviet Strategy, Tactics and Dilemmas
The Development of Afghan Resistance
The Karmal Period 1979-1986
The Najibullah: Gorbachev Period 1986-1989
The Road to Soviet Withdrawal
The Consequences of the Soviet-Afghan War
The Interregnum of Najibullah 1989-92
The Rise and Fall of the Rabbani Government 1992-96
The Rise and Rule of the Taliban 1994-2001
The Fall of the Taliban


'The Afghanistan Wars is an impressive tour de force. The richly-referenced sophistication of analysis is masked by a clarity of writing style, but the depth of dispassionate scholarship does not conceal the passionate commitment to the nation and its people. Maley is particularly skillful at drawing out the paradox of an exceptionally peaceful Afghanistan from 1929-78 followed by the brutally bloody phase in the country's history. The analysis of the dynamics of the links between the three waves of wars concludes with a sobering presentation of the seven challenges of nation-building that must be confronted in order to return Afghanistan to peace and well-being.' - Ramesh Thakur, United Nations University, Tokyo
'...of interest to those who require a fuller explanation of how that nation has become the rift line...' - Hal Blanton, History: Reviews of New Books
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