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Revolutionary Afghanistan
A Reappraisal

ISBN 9781032126708
Published February 7, 2022 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

This book, first published in 1982, examines the reality of the so-called revolution in Afghanistan. It focuses on the career of Hafizullah Amin, considered in the West as a near-genocidal mass murderer, intent on establishing a personal fiefdom in Afghanistan. However, this book argues that he was a man struggling against impossible odds to preserve his country’s independence and at the same time drag it into the twentieth century. He commanded such loyalty and support within the Afghanistan Communist Party and the armed forces that the Russians had to invade to get rid of him.

Table of Contents

1. In Search of Hafizullah Amin  2. Three Revolutionaries  3. A House Divided: the PDPA, 1965–1973  4. The Making of a Revolution: the PDPA, 1973–1978  5. The Inheritance: Afghanistan, 1978  6. Strategy for Reform  7. The Eid Conspiracy  8. A Treaty and a Murder: Closing the American Option  9. The Question of Leadership  10. The Summer of Discontent  11. The End Game  12. ‘… and the People Remain’

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