Revolution Unending

Afghanistan 1979 to the Present

Edited by

Gilles Dorronsoro



Part of the CERI/Sciences Po. Series

‘One of the finest studies of the origins, structure, and conduct of the conflicts in Afghanistan.’ — Professor Barnett Rubin

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Revolution Unending Hardback
January 2005£50.00
9781850656838370pp

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9781850657033370pp
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Description

While not underestimating the oft-cited “ethnic factor” in Afghan politics, especially Pashtun dominance, Dorronsoro argues that class and the competition for employment and education are key factors in explaining the country’s recent past. The 1990s saw the triumph of religious authorities (the ulema) and the marginalization of the traditional elites. With coalition intervention in 2001 and the subsequent deposition of the ulema-dominated Taliban, the educated elites are back in power. However, as Dorronsoro argues, patching up the country by means of short-term ethnic alliances and a new division of the spoils will only perpetuate the schisms in society. The Afghan civil war, Dorronsoro suggests, is set to continue and perhaps worsen over time.

Author

Gilles Dorronsoro, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, Washington, D.C., is an expert on Afghanistan, Turkey, and South Asia and the author of Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present (Hurst, 2005).

Reviews

‘This magnificent work of research and interpretation deserves to become a classic in the field.’ — Anatol Lieven, Carnegie Endowment

‘One of the finest studies of the origins, structure, and conduct of the conflicts in Afghanistan.’ — Professor Barnett Rubin

‘For an authoritative account of modern Afghan history, turn to Dorronsoro’s Revolution Unending, deftly translated from the French by John King.’ — Peter Bergen, Washington Post