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War and Society in Afghanistan: From the Mughals to the Americans, 1500–2013

Kaushik Roy (Author)

Over the last five centuries, Mughals, British, Soviets, and Americans won many conventional campaigns in Afghanistan but were not very successful in the unconventional ones. Taking a comprehensive view of the troubled history of the region, and with a narrative revolving around three interrelated concepts—weak state, great power rivalry, and counter-insurgency—this book provides a political and military account of war in Afghanistan, both conventional and unconventional, from the sixteenth century to present times.

The book covers wide-ranging aspects such as empire building and military operations in the region in the pre-modern period, regular and irregular warfare during the British era, as also the Russian intervention and the emergence of the fragile 'rentier state' after the Second World War. It further examines the recent American and NATO activities and the changing character of conflict in the twenty-first century.

With a special emphasis on ecology, terrain, and logistics, and through an analysis of Afghan tribal communities, their social structure and institutions, and their effective use of guerilla warfare, this book explores in depth the trajectory of state building in Afghanistan.

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About the author

Kaushik Roy

Kaushik Roy, who specializes in the military history of India, is a Junior Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. His articles have been published in journals like War in History, and Journal of Military History. He is the author of From Hydaspes to Kargil: A History of Warfare in India.

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Title War and Society in Afghanistan: From the Mughals to the Americans, 1500–2013
Author Kaushik Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.01.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780198099109
length 338p., 7 Map