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The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System

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This monumental book examines Afghan society in conflict, from the 1978 communist coup to the fall of Najibullah, the last Soviet-installed president, in 1992. This edition, newly revised by the author, reflects developments since then and includes material on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. It is a book that now seems remarkably prescient.

Drawing on two decades of resear
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Paperback, Second Editoin, 426 pages
Published January 11th 2002 by Yale University Press (first published 1995)
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Humayun Shinwari
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the most detailed account I ever have read about Afghanistan. Many info that I already had were really matching what Barney Rubin has noted. But again the details are so much that the reader would find it difficult to believe.

I would like to note the last sentence of Mr. Rubin and that can be labled as a political prediction that he had done in the mid-1990s and turned out to be very true. He says: "If the international community does not find ways to rebuild Afghanistan, a flood tide o
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Matteo
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read it in school. It's a very dense, complicated academic book about Afghanistan. Basically, it gives a 20th century history of Afghanistan up to the departure of the Soviet occupiers in 1989. The main difficulty in reading it is the great number of factions and organizations into which Afghanistan was - as the name implies - fragmented.

It ends with a very prescient note (at the light of the Sept. 11th attacks) at the end about the consequences of Soviet and US policies towards Afghanistan.
Naeem
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it
For professionals only, I would say. You will not find a more detailed analysis of the structures and history of Afghanistan. But it is tough going.
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