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The War for Afghanistan: A Very Brief History

The War for Afghanistan: A Very Brief History: From "Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History"

Copyright Date: 2010
Edition: DGO - Digital original
Pages: 62
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    The War for Afghanistan: A Very Brief History
    Book Description:

    When it invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the United States sought to do something previous foreign powers had never attempted: to create an Afghani state where none existed. More than a decade on, the new regime in Kabul remains plagued by illegitimacy and ineffectiveness. What happened? As Thomas Barfield shows, the history of previous efforts to build governments in Afghanistan does much to explain the difficulties besetting this newest experiment.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-4314-5
    Subjects: History, Anthropology, Political Science, Zoology, Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iii)
    (pp. 1-58)

    The arrival of the United states in Afghanistan to expel the Taliban marked the fourth time in 160 years that a foreign power put troops on the ground there. But while the British in the nineteenth century invaded with plans to replace the existing regimes, and the soviets invaded in the twentieth to preserve the one they supported, the United states invaded Afghanistan at a time when the state structure had ceased to function. It would need to create a new state to restore stability in the country. In the past this was done by supporting a client political elite...

  3. Back Matter
    (pp. 59-59)