© 2002

The Afghanistan Wars

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. William Maley
    Pages 1-4
  3. William Maley
    Pages 5-36
  4. William Maley
    Pages 37-56
  5. William Maley
    Pages 57-84
  6. William Maley
    Pages 85-107
  7. William Maley
    Pages 108-125
  8. William Maley
    Pages 126-152
  9. William Maley
    Pages 153-167
  10. William Maley
    Pages 168-193
  11. William Maley
    Pages 218-250
  12. William Maley
    Pages 251-283
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 284-340

About this book


A whole generation has grown up in Afghanistan knowing only war. The US-led operation to crush the ant-modernist Taliban movement and Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaida was simply the most recent in a series of interrelated struggles which for nearly a quarter of a century devastated much of the country and ruined the lives of millions of people.

The Afghanistan Wars provides a meticulously-documented account of these waves of conflict. It explores in detail the roots of Afghanistan's slide into disorder in the late 1970s, how the Soviet Union came to the rescue of unworthy clients and was then sucked into a quagmire, the frightening consequences of state breakdown and self-interested meddling by Afghanistan's neighbours in the period after communist rule collapsed, and the rise and fall of the Taliban. Incisive and informative, the book mounts a compelling case for partnership with the Afghans as they seek to re-assemble their lives.


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About the authors

WILLIAM MALEY is Associate Professor of Politics, University College, University of New South Wales

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Afghanistan Wars
  • Authors William Maley
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-80290-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-80291-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-1840-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 352
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics World History, Global and Transnational History
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