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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.
An intelligent and useful book ... Ewans surveys the major episodes and controversies of Afghan history fairly and completely.... concise, overarching narrative that fills a void.
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|Introduction: The Land and the People||p. 1|
|Early History||p. 15|
|The Emergence of the Afghan Kingdom||p. 29|
|The Rise of Dost Mohammed||p. 45|
|The First Anglo-Afghan War||p. 59|
|Dost Mohammed and Sher Ali||p. 71|
|The Second Anglo-Afghan War||p. 86|
|Abdur Rahman, The "Iron Amir"||p. 98|
|Habibullah and the Politics of Neutrality||p. 110|
|Amanullah and the Drive for Modernization||p. 118|
|The Rule of the Brothers||p. 136|
|Daoud: The First Decade||p. 152|
|King Zahir and Cautious Constitutionalism||p. 164|
|The Return of Daoud and the Saur Revolution||p. 176|
|Khalq Rule and Soviet Invasion||p. 189|
|Occupation and Resistance||p. 206|
|Humiliation and Withdrawal||p. 226|
|Civil War||p. 238|
|Enter the Taliban||p. 249|
|The Taliban Regime||p. 261|
|Oil, Drugs and International Terrorism||p. 272|
|The Fall of the Taliban||p. 284|
|The Future||p. 294|
|The Durrani Dynasty||p. 300|
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