Games Without Rules

Games Without Rules

The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan

Book - 2012
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Five times in the last two centuries some great power has tried to invade, occupy, or otherwise take control of Afghanistan. And as Tamim Ansary shows in this illuminating history, every intervention has come to grief for much the same reason: the intervening power has failed to understand that Afghanistan has a story of its own, a story that continues to unfold between--and despite--the interventions. Drawing on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources, Ansary weaves an epic that moves from a universe of village republics--the old Afghanistan--through a tumultuous drama of tribes, factions, and forces, to the current struggle. Ansary paints a richly textured portrait of a nation that began to form around the same time as the United States but is still struggling to coalesce; a nation driven by its high ambitions but undermined by its own demons, while every forty to sixty years a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781610390941
1610390946
Branch Call Number: 958.1 A617g 2012
Characteristics: xvi, 397 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

That beating them didn't stop them from continuing to fight.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

Necessity is the mother of invention and the father of the Eurasian.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

For the dynamics of leadership were those of a family, not of a marketplace.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

Pakistan sent the Taliban into Afghanistan, but Talibanism came seeping back across the border, disrupting Pakistani society.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

The mysterious Adolph Dubs affair inched Afghanistan closer to becoming one more Soviet Socialist Republic.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

Afgaan peasant's didn't see their ife in terms of class interests. They saw their world layered and compartmentalized by ethnic, tribal, and religious facters.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

In Afghan culture, however helping one's kin is not only legal it's honorable. In fact; it's an obligation.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

The big-time corruption in Afghanistan has mostly consisted of nepotism in various forms.

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lizzietish81
Sep 02, 2015

This book focuses upon the recent history of western powers (Britain, Russia and the US) attempting to conquer and control the country of Afghanistan and why it has been a disaster each time.

sit_walk Sep 23, 2013

A very readable history of Afghanistan with plenty of insight into the struggles within (and over) that country.

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rcplrozkutler
Apr 17, 2013

Ansary is a great storyteller. I'm hooked.

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