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Afghanistan And The Soviet Union Collision And Transformation

By Milan Hauner Copyright 1989
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Since the dramatic events of a decade ago-the revolutions in Kabul and Teheran, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the Gulf War- "Greater Central Asia" has recaptured the imagination of academia. Historians, Islamicists, anthropologists, political scientists, and defense analysts began to convene conferences and to produce collective volumes that concentrated on two seemingly unrelated subjects: the continuity and strength of ethnocultural patterns in Muslim Central Asia, on the one hand, and the limited range of U.S. military options for defense of the oil-rich Gulf region against hypothetical Soviet invasion, on the other. The contributors to this volume were asked to focus on the long term significance of the junction between Afghanistan and Soviet Eurasia through the "Midlands" region-a relationship that could have wide implications.

    Introduction -- The Human Factor -- The Collision of Evolutionary Process and Islamic Ideology in Greater Central Asia -- The Mujahedin and the Preservation of Afghan Culture -- The Sovietization of Afghanistan -- The Geopolitical Infrastructure -- Central Asia and the Soviet Midlands: Regional Position and Economic Integration -- Afghanistan Resources and Soviet Policy in Central and South Asia -- Afghanistan and the Transport Infrastructures of Turkestan -- The Soviet Geostrategic Dilemma -- Conclusion -- Maps