War, Politics and Society in Afghanistan, 1978-92

Antonio Giustozzi

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War, Politics and Society in Afghanistan, 1978-92 Hardback
March 2000£45.00

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This text analyses the institutions, successes and failures of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, the pro-Soviet regime that sought to dominate the country during the years of the Soviet military presence. Antonio Giustozzi explores the military, political and social strategies of the predominantly urban and Marxist regime as it struggled — and ultimately failed —  to win the support of a largely rural and Islamic population.


Antonio Giustozzi has a PhD from the London School of Economics and is currently Visiting Professor at King’s College, London and fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. He has written or edited ten books, among which are Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency, 2002-7 and The Army of Afghanistan: A Political History of A Fragile Institution.

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‘An important book.’ — Journal of Peace Research

‘Giustozzi does a good job of analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the [People’s Democratic Party] regime.’ — Choice

‘This analysis constitutes a new way of looking at what happened in Afghanistan and helps considerably in understanding the difficulties which have beset Afghanistan in the last few years.’ —  Malcolm Yapp, University of London