History - Central Asian


  • Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-1989

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780199832651
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Published: September 2011
    The story of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan is well known: the expansionist Communists overwhelmed a poor country as a means of reaching a warm-water port on the Persian Gulf. Afghan mujahideen upset their plans, holding on with little more than natural fighting skills, until CIA agents came to the rescue with American arms. Humiliated in battle, the Soviets hastily retreated. It's a great story, writes Rodric Braithwaite. But it never happened. The Russian conscripts suffered badly from mismanagement and strategic errors, but they were never defeated on the battlefield, and withdrew in good order. In this brilliant, myth-busting account, Braithwaite--the former British ambassador to Moscow--challenges much of what we know about the Soviets in Afghanistan. He provides an inside look at this little-understood episode, using first-hand accounts and piercing analysis to show the war as it was fought and experienced by the Russians. The invasion, he writes, was a defensive response to a chaotic situation in the Soviets' immediate neighbor. They intended to establish a stable, friendly government, secure the major towns, and train the police and armed forces before making a rapid exit. But the mission escalated, as did casualties. In fact, the Soviet leadership decided to pull out a year before the first Stinger missile was used in combat. Braithwaite does not, of course, paint the occupation as a Russian triumph. To the contrary, he illustrates the searing effect of the brutal conflict on soldiers, their families, and the broader public, as returning veterans--the Afgansty of the title--struggled to regain their footing back home. A fine writer as well as an expert, Braithwaite carries readers through these complex and momentous events, capturing those violent and tragic days as no one has done before.
  • Afghan Communism and Soviet Intervention

    By Henry S. Bradsher

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780195790177
    • Published: August 1999
    Henry S. Bradsher, whose 1983 study of the Afghanistan situation was widely praised, sheds new light on the entire period of Afghan Communism, from its origins in the 1950s to the collapse of the Najibullah regime in 1992. Extensive interviewing, a wide range of source materials, and access to Soviet archives make this a comprehensive account.
  • Afghan Lessons

    By Fernando Gentilini

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780815724230
    • Publisher: Brookings Inst Pr
    • Published: April 2013
    For nearly two years, Fernando Gentilini lived in war-torn Afghanistan as a civilian envoy. From July 2008 to February 2010, Gentilini, a diplomat with twenty years of experience in crisis management and multilateral and European affairs, was the civilian representative of NATO, running a counterinsurgency campaign in the troubled nation. Afghan Lessons presents the fascinating story of Gentilini's mission, taking readers on an eye-opening journey of Afghanistan: its people, its society, and its politics.Gentilini's firsthand account looks at the nation through a kaleidoscope. He explores Afghan history, literature, and tradition, while also reflecting on the international mission in Afghanistan from both a diplomatic and military standpoint. Gentilini examines Afghan culture in an effort to understand some of the most basic questions of Western involvement: Why are we there? What does an international presence mean, and how can it help?Copublished with the Italian National School of Public Administration (SSPA).
  • Afghan Women in Transition: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    By Anwesha Ghosh

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789386288554
    • Publisher: K W Publishers Pvt Ltd
    • Published: April 2017
  • Afghanistan

    By Ralph H. Magnus

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780813340197
    • Publisher: WESTVIEW PRESS
    • Published: May 2002
    Revised & updated edition. This introductory study details Afghanistan's physical situation, human environment, and modern history, as well as the rise and fall of competing internal forces, including the Taliban. The authors offer analytical insights into the country's political position within the restructured Central Asian region, the ethnic relationships that complicate its political history, and the potential for stability - set against current world events (2002). Chronology of Events, Notes, Index. B&W illus. 289p.
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity

    By Riaz Mohammad Khan

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781421403847
    • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
    • Published: August 2011
    Pakistani diplomat Khan (Foreign Secretary from 2005 to 2008, among other positions) presents a "broad-brush treatment" of events relating to Afghanistan and Pakistan from the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in 1989 to, essentially, 2009 (although some 2010 events were incorporated into the discussion following substantial completion). This "broad brush" treatment is supplemented by incorporating his own personal experiences, perspectives, and conclusions into the larger narrative, which focuses on issues related to the post-Soviet dynamics of the Afghan conflict, the fragmentation of Afghanistan under warlords, the accentuation of ethnic divisions, the rise of the Taliban, the US invasion and occupation, and the spilling over of the conflict into Pakistan. Distributed in the US by Johns Hopkins University Press. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • Afghanistan from the Cold War Through the War on Terror

    By Barnett R. Rubin

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780199791125
    • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
    • Published: April 2013
    One of our foremost authorities on modern Afghanistan, Barnett R. Rubin has dedicated much of his career to the study of this remote mountain country. He served as a special advisor to the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke during his final mission to the region and still serves the Obama administration under Holbrooke's successor, Ambassador Marc Grossman. Now Rubin distills his unmatched knowledge of Afghanistan in this invaluable book. He shows how the Taliban arose in resistance to warlords some of whom who were raping and plundering with impunity in the vacuum of authority left by the collapse of the Afghan state after the Soviet withdrawal. The Taliban built on a centuries-old tradition of local leadership by students and teachers at independent, rural madrasas--networks that had been marginalized by the state-building royal regime that was itself destroyed by the Soviets and radicalized by the resistance to the invasion. He examines the arrival of Arab Islamists, the missed opportunities after the American-led intervention, the role of Pakistan, and the challenges of reconstruction. Rubin provides first-hand accounts of the bargaining at both the Bonn Talks of 2001 and the Afghan Constitutional Loya Jirga of 2003-2004, in both of which he participated as a UN advisor. Throughout, he discusses the significance of ethnic rivalries, the drug trade, human rights, state-building, US strategic choices, and international organizations, analyzing the missteps in these areas taken by the international community since 2001. The book covers events till the start of the Obama administration, and the final chapters provide an inside look at some of the thinking that is shaping today's policy debates inside the administration. Authoritative, nuanced, and sweeping in scope, Afghanistan in the Post-Cold War Era provides deep insight into the greatest foreign policy challenge facing America today.
  • Afghanistan from the Cold War through the War on Terror

    By Barnett R. Rubin

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780190229276
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: May 2015
  • Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban

    By Larry P. Goodson

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780295980508
    • Published: May 2001
    Analyzes the geopolitical situation of post-Cold War Afghanistan; its interior ethnic, religious, social, and geographical differences; the effects of the Afghan war; and the changes that the Taliban have wrought on the nation.
  • Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)

    By Thomas Barfield

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780691154411
    • Publisher: Princeton University Press
    • Published: March 2012
    This volume traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them. He vividly describes how Afghanistan’s armed factions, plunged the country into a civil war, giving rise to clerical rule by the Taliban and isolating Afghanistan from the world. He examines why the American invasion in the wake of 9/11 toppled the Taliban so quickly, and how this easy victory lulled the United States into falsely believing that a viable state could be built just as easily. Notes, References, Index. Illus., 2 text figures; 7 maps. 389p.
  • Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War Against the Taliban (Updated Version)

    By Stephen Tanner

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306818264
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: April 2009
    A complete military history of Afghanistan traces more than 2,500 years of conflict, from clashes against the Persians, Greeks, and British, through the defeat of the Soviet Union in the 1980s and the rise and fall of the Taliban.
  • Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics

    By Martin Ewans

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060505080
    • Publisher: Perennial
    • Published: September 2002
    The author examines the historical evolution of a country that has in recent times come to be known as one of the 'most dangerous breeding grounds of global terrorism.' The lessons of history are carefully weighedin the context of Afghanistan's immense task of political and economic reconstruction in the aftermath of the Taliban regime, telescoped forward from a history that began during the 18th century after a succession of early dynasties andthe emergence of an Afghan empire. Notes, bibliography, index. 37 b&w illus. & 8 maps. 338p.
  • Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture)

    By Paula Bronstein

    Our Price: $27.50
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781477309391
    • Publisher: University of Texas Press
    • Published: August 2016
    The Afghan people are standing at a crucial crossroads in history. Can their fragile democratic institutions survive the drawdown of US military support? Will Afghan women and girls be stripped of their modest gains in freedom and opportunity as the West loses interest in their plight? While the media have largely moved on from these stories, Paula Bronstein remains passionately committed to bearing witness to the lives of the Afghan people. In this powerful photo essay, she goes beyond war coverage to reveal the full complexity of daily life in what may be the world's most reported on yet least known country.Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear presents a photographic portrait of this war-torn country's people across more than a decade. With empathy born of the challenges of being an American female photojournalist working in a conservative Islamic country, Bronstein gives voice to those Afghans, particularly women and children, rendered silent during the violent Taliban regime. She documents everything from the grave trials facing the country—human rights abuses against women, poverty and the aftermath of war, and heroin addiction, among them—to the stirrings of new hope, including elections, girls' education, and work and recreation. Fellow award-winning journalist Christina Lamb describes the gains that Afghan women have made since the overthrow of the Taliban, as well as the daunting obstacles they still face. An eloquent portrait of everyday life,Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear is the most complete visual narrative history of the country currently in print.
  • Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderland

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781605981895
    • Publisher: Pegasus
    • Published: July 2011
    Veteran defense analyst and Afghanistan expert David Isby provides an insightful and meticulously research look at the current situation in Afghanistan, its history, and what he believes must be done so that the US and NATO coalition can succeed. The task of implementing an effective US policy and cementing Afghani rule is hampered by with Isby sees as separate but overlapping conflicts between terrorism, narcotics, and regional rivalries, each requiring different strategies of resolve. Pulling these various threads together will be the challenge for the present [Obama] administration, yet it is a challenge that can be, necessarily, met, but merely adding to the legacy of a country that has historically been acknowledged as “the graveyard of empires.” Sources, Index. 442p.
  • Afghanistan: Lifting the Veil

    By Staff of Reuters

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780130479518
    • Publisher: Prentice Hall
    • Published: March 2002
    A narrative of the recent events in Afghanistan by Reuters journalists, oversize with color photos by Reuters photographers.