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By Ali Ahmad Jalali

The historical past of Afghanistan is essentially army historical past. From the Persians and Greeks of antiquity to the British, Soviet, and American powers nowa days, outsiders have led army conquests into the mountains and plains of Afghanistan, leaving their indelible marks in this old land on the juncture of Europe, Asia, and the center East. during this e-book Ali Ahmad Jalali, a former inside minister of Afghanistan, faucets a deep figuring out of his country's far-off and up to date prior to discover Afghanistan's army heritage over the past 200 years. With an introductory bankruptcy highlighting the key army advancements from early occasions to the basis of the fashionable Afghan nation, Jalali's account focuses totally on the period of British conquest and Anglo-Afghan wars; the Soviet invasion; the civil conflict and the increase of the Taliban; and the next U.S. invasion. taking a look past continual stereotypes and generalizations--e.g., the "graveyard of empires" designation rising from the Anglo-Afghan wars of the nineteenth century and the Soviet adventure of the 1980s--Jalali bargains a nuanced and complete portrayal of how of struggle pursued by way of either nation and non-state actors in Afghanistan opposed to assorted family and overseas enemies, less than altering social, political, and technological stipulations. He finds how the constitution of states, tribes, and social groups in Afghanistan, in addition to the scope in their managed house, has formed their modes of combating all through heritage. specifically, his account exhibits how dynastic wars and overseas conquests vary in precept, technique, and procedure from wars initiated through non-state actors together with tribal and group militias opposed to international invasions or repressive govt. Written by way of a qualified soldier, flesh presser, and famous pupil with a prepared analytical seize of his country's army and political heritage, this magisterial paintings deals specified perception into the army heritage of Afghanistan--and hence, into Afghanistan itself.

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