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In Afghanistan

Two Hundred Years Of British, Russian And American Occupation

By David Loyn

Afghanistan has been a strategic prize for foreign empires for more than 200 years. The British, Russians, and Americans have all fought across its beautiful and inhospitable terrain, in conflicts variously ruthless, misguided and bloody. This violent history is the subject of David Loyn's magisterial book. It is a history littered with misunderstandings and broken promises, in which the British, the Russians, and later the Americans, constantly underestimated the ability of the Afghans. In Afghanistan brilliantly brings to life the personalities involved in Afghanistan's relationship with the world, chronicling the misunderstandings and missed opportunities that have so often led to war.
With 30 years experience as a foreign correspondent, David Loyn has had a front-row seat during Afghanistan’s recent history. In Afghanistan draws on David Loyn's unrivalled knowledge of the Taliban and the forces that prevail in Afghanistan, to provide the definitive analysis of the lessons these conflicts have for the present day.




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Format: Book
Author: Loyn, David
Title: In Afghanistan : two hundred years of British, Russian and American occupation / David Loyn.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Subject: Russians -- Afghanistan -- History. Military occupation -- History. British -- Afghanistan -- History. Americans -- Afghanistan -- History. Afghanistan -- History, Military. Afghanistan -- History Afghanistan -- Strategic aspects Afghanistan -- Politics and government
Isbn: 0230614035 9780230614031
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Format: Book
Author: Loyn, David
Title: In Afghanistan : two hundred years of British, Russian and American occupation / David Loyn.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Description: xxi, 266 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Russians -- Afghanistan -- History.
Subjects: Military occupation -- History.
Subjects: British -- Afghanistan -- History.
Subjects: Americans -- Afghanistan -- History.
Subjects: Afghanistan -- History, Military.
Subjects: Afghanistan -- History
Subjects: Afghanistan -- Strategic aspects
Subjects: Afghanistan -- Politics and government
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: First encounters and the first Anglo-Afghan War, 1808-1842. Wild and strange ; A war of robbery ; Retreat -- Russian moves and the second Anglo-Afghan War, 1842-1880. The Great Game ; "Afghanistan as a whole could no longer exist" -- Making the frontier : the third Anglo-Afghan War and Afghan reform, 1880-1933. The Oasis War and the Durand Line ; "Tribes generally are rising" ; Bolt from the blue -- Revolution and the Soviet invasion, 1973-1994. "Muslim reactionaries" ; Charlie Horse ; "Fighting to the last Afghan" -- The Taliban and the U.S.-led invasion, 1994-2008. Virtue and vice ; Sons of dust ; The cheaper man.
LCCN: 2008051653
ISBN: 0230614035
ISBN: 9780230614031
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Call Number: 958.103 Loy