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A military history of Afghanistan : from the Great Game to the Global War on Terror 1800-2015 / Ali Ahmad Jalali.

By: Jalali, Ali Ahmad [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Modern war studies: Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2017Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700624089; 0700624082.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Military history of Afghanistan.DDC classification: 355.009581 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
A distinct geography and a turbulent history -- Highlights of the past, ancient era to 1800 -- The great game and the British invasion of Afghanistan, 1809-1839 -- The first Anglo-Afghan War 1839-1842 -- Geopolitical changes in Central Asia leading to the second Anglo-Afghan War, 1842-1878 -- The second phase of the second Anglo-Afghan war, 1879-1881 -- A period of uneasy peace and the third Anglo-Afghan war, 1880-1919 -- Afghanistan under King Amanullah and the civil war, 1919-1929 -- The Cold War and the Soviet invasion, 1929-1979 -- Soviet occupation and the war of resistance, 1979-1989 -- The civil war and the rise of the Taliban, 1989-2001 -- U.S. invasion, the fall of the Taliban and the Bonn process, 2001-2005.
Summary: The first comprehensive history of the last two-plus centuries of warfare and international conflict in land-locked Afghanistan, from the Anglo-Afghan wars of the 1800s through the region's early 20th-century struggles to modernize, its last monarchy (1933-1973), the Soviet Union's so-called "Vietnam War" in the 1980s, and America's "War on Terror," which began in 2001 and continues into the present. By an insider native Afghan author whose careers have encompassed military, government, and academic service.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

A distinct geography and a turbulent history -- Highlights of the past, ancient era to 1800 -- The great game and the British invasion of Afghanistan, 1809-1839 -- The first Anglo-Afghan War 1839-1842 -- Geopolitical changes in Central Asia leading to the second Anglo-Afghan War, 1842-1878 -- The second phase of the second Anglo-Afghan war, 1879-1881 -- A period of uneasy peace and the third Anglo-Afghan war, 1880-1919 -- Afghanistan under King Amanullah and the civil war, 1919-1929 -- The Cold War and the Soviet invasion, 1929-1979 -- Soviet occupation and the war of resistance, 1979-1989 -- The civil war and the rise of the Taliban, 1989-2001 -- U.S. invasion, the fall of the Taliban and the Bonn process, 2001-2005.

The first comprehensive history of the last two-plus centuries of warfare and international conflict in land-locked Afghanistan, from the Anglo-Afghan wars of the 1800s through the region's early 20th-century struggles to modernize, its last monarchy (1933-1973), the Soviet Union's so-called "Vietnam War" in the 1980s, and America's "War on Terror," which began in 2001 and continues into the present. By an insider native Afghan author whose careers have encompassed military, government, and academic service.

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Noting that Afghanistan has a history of warfare dating back to Alexander's invasion in 330 BCE, Jalali (National Defense Univ.) traces the country's military history, writing, "Military history is virtually the history of Afghanistan." The author discusses military conflicts from antiquity to the present day, paying attention to the British invasions in the 19th century as well as the present war with the Taliban. The author should know his stuff. He is a prominent Afghan political figure, having served as a military leader and as interior minister in Karzai's government. He is presently the Afghan ambassador to Germany. The book is readable and will be a good source for those interested in the military history of Afghanistan. However, the author makes two mistakes; Afghanistan has not always been at war, and it is a bit of a cliché to argue that Afghan history is a history of war. Further, the book is largely a discussion of the role of the Pashtun tribes, and there is virtually no discussion of other ethnic or tribal groups. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. --Grant Michael Farr, Portland State University

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