Posted by: Christian | September 10, 2010

What Books on Afghanistan?


All the same, almost nine years after the US intervened in Afghanistan, the shortage of serious books on Afghanistan in general and the Taliban (as opposed to the plethora of books on “terrorism”) is somewhat astonishing – fine works by scholars like Gilles Dorronsoro, journalists like David Loyn, anthropologists like David Edwards and historians like B.D. Hopkins notwithstanding.

That was Anatol Lieven in a review essay on three fine books on Afghanistan

But really? A “shortage of serious books”? I object. So here goes, post-9/11 “serious books” on Afghanistan:

Berrenberg, Jeanne. 2002. Eine Sache der Ehre: Uber die Grundlagen Sozialer Prozesse bei den Pashtunen Pakistans und Afghanistans Anhand Ihrer Heirastformen. Frankfurt am Main: Lang.

Ferdinand, Klaus. 2006. Afghan Nomads: Caravans, Conflicts and Trade in Afghanistan and British India 1800–1980. Copenhagen: Rhodos International.

Monsutti, Alessandro. 2005. War and Migration: Social Networks and Economic Strategies of the Hazaras of Afghanistan. Translated by Patrick Camiller. Routledge.

Harpviken, Kristian Berg. 2009. Social Networks and Migration in Wartime Afghanistan. Palgrave Macmillan.

Cacopardo, Alberto M. and Ruth Laila Schmidt (2006) (eds.): My Heartrendingly Tragic Story. ShaikhMuhammad Abdullah Khan ‘Azar’. Oslo.

Barfield, Thomas. 2010. Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History. Princeton University Press.

Barry, Michael. 2006. A History of Modern Afghanistan. Cambridge University Press.

Bhatia, Michael Vinay and Mark Sedra. 2008. Afghanistan, Arms and Conflict: Armed Groups, Disarmament and Security in a Post-war Society. Routledge.

Crews, Robert D. and Tarzi, Amin. 2008. The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan. Harvard University Press.

Ewans, Martin. 2005. Conflict in Afghanistan: Studies in Asymmetric Warfare. Routledge.

Giustozzi, Antonio. 2008. Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan. New York: Columbia University Press.

Goodson, Larry P. 2001. Afghanistan’s Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban. University of Washington Press.

Hussain, Rizwan. 2005. Pakistan And The Emergence Of Islamic Militancy in Afghanistan. Ashgate publishing.

Jones, Seth. 2009. In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan. W.W. Norton & Co.

Maley, William. 2007. Rescuing Afghanistan. London: Hurst & Company.

Maley, William. 2002. The Afghan Wars. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Malik, Hafeez. 2008. US Relations With Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Imperial Dimension. Oxford University Press.

Misdaq, Nabi. 2006. Afghanistan: Political Frailty and Foreign Interference. Routledge.

Misra, Amalendu. 2004. Afghanistan: The Labyrinth of Violence. Polity Press.

Noelle-Karimi, Christine and Conrad Schetter and Reinhard Schlagintweit (editors) 2002.

Afghanistan – A Country without a State? Frankfurt am Main, Germany: IKO.

Qassem, Ahmad Shayeq. 2009. Afghanistan’s Political Stability: A Dream Unrealised. Ashgate publishing.

Rais, Rasul Bakhsh. 2008. Recovering the Frontier Stage: War, Ethnicity, and State in Afghanistan. Lexington Books.

Rasanayagam, Angelo. 2003. Afghanistan: A Modern History. London: I. B. Tauris.

Roberts, Jeffrey J. 2003. The Origins of Conflict in Afghanistan. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Rashid, Ahmed. 2009. Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Penguin.

Rzehak, Lutz. (Hrsg.) 2004. Die Taliban im Land der Mittagssonne. Geschichten aus der afghanischen Provinz. Erinnerungen und Notizen von Abdurrahman Pahwal der Reihe Erinnerungen an Zentralasien. Reichert verlag.

Saikal, Amin. 2004. Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival. London: I.B. Tauris.

Schetter, C. 2003. Ethnizität und Ethnische Konflikte in Afghanistan. Berlin: Reimer.

Sinno, Abdulkader. 2008. Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Abou Zahab, Mariam and Olivier Roy (translated by John King) 2004. Islamist Networks: The Afghan-Pakistan Connection. New York: Columbia University Press.

Barakat, Sultan (editor). 2004. Reconstructing War-torn Societies: Afghanistan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Coll, Steve. 2004. Ghost Wars. Penguin.

Dobbins, J. F. 2008. After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan. Potomoc Books.

Donini. Antonio, Norah Niland and Karin Wermester (editors). 2004. Nation-building Unraveled? Aid, Peace and Justice in Afghanistan. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press.

Ehrhart, Hans-Georg and Charles C. Pentland. 2009. The Afghanistan Challenge: Hard Realities and Strategic Choices. School of Policy Studies Queen’s University.

Hanifi, Shah Mahmoud. 2008. Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier. Columbia University Press.

Hayes, Geoffrey and Mark Sedra (Editors). 2008. Afghanistan: Transition Under Threat. Wilfred Laurier University Press.

Marsden, Peter. 2009. Afghanistan – Aid, Armies and Empires. I. B. Tauris.

Montgomery, John D. 2007. Beyond Reconstruction In Afghanistan. Palgrave.

Montgomery, John D. and Dennis A. Rondinelli (editors). 2004. Beyond Reconstruction in Afghanistan: Lessons from Development Experience. New York: Palgrave Macmillen.

Nojumi, Neamatollah, Dyan Mazurana, Elizabeth Stites. 2008. After the Taliban: Life and Security in Rural Afghanistan. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Reder, Christian. 2003. Afghanistan, fragmentarisch. Springer.

Rotberg, Robert I. (editor). 2007. Building a New Afghanistan. Brookings Institute Press.

Schmitt, Michael A. (Ed). 2009. The War in Afghanistan: A Legal Analysis. Naval War College Press.

Tondini Matteo. 2010. Statebuilding and Justice Reform: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Afghanistan. Routledge.

Chouvy, Pierre-Arnaud. 2009/2010. Opium: Uncovering the Politics of the Poppy. I.B.Tauris / Harvard University Press.

Felbab-Brown, Vanda. 2009. Shooting Up: Counterinsurgency and the War on Drugs. Brookings Institution Press.

Hafvenstein, Joel. 2007. Opium Season: A Year on the Afghan Frontier. The Lyons Press.

Macdonald, David. 2007. Drugs in Afghanistan: Opium, Outlaws and Scorpion Tales. London: Pluto Press.

Paoli, Letizia, Victoria A. Greenfield and Peter Reuter. 2009. The World Heroin Market: Can Supply Be Cut? Oxford University Press.

Peters, Gretchen. 2009. Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda. Thomas Dunne Books.

Salmon, Gregor. 2009. Poppy: Life Death and Addiction Inside Afghanistan’s Opium Trade. Sydney: Random House.

Scott, P.D. 2003. Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Singh, Deepali Gaur. 2007. Drugs Production and Trafficking in Afghanistan.

Abirafeh, Lina. 2009. Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention. McFarland.

Akbar, Alia Rawi. 2009. Afghan Women: Under the Shadow of Terror and Politics.
Metropolitan publishing.

Armstrong, Sally. 2008. Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women. Viking Canada.

Armstrong, Sally. 2002. Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of Women in Afghanistan. NY: Four walls Eight Windows.

Bernard, Cheryl. 2002. Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women’s Resistance. New York: Broadway books.

Brodsky, Anne. 2003. With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. New York: Routledge.

Emadi, Hafizullah. 2002. Repression, Resistance and Women in Afghanistan. Praeger.

Rostami-Povey, Elaheh. 2007. Afghan Women: Identity and Invasion. Zed Books.

Samad, Khorshied. 2009. Afghan Women, Media and Emerging Democracy: Social Evolution in Post-Taliban Afghanistan. VDM Verlag.

Skaine, Rosemarie. 2008. Women of Afghanistan In The Post-Taliban Era: How Lives Have Changed and Where They Stand Today. McFarland.

Skaine, Rosemarie. 2002. The Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban. McFarland.

Grau, Lester W. (editor) 2003. The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan. Routledge.

Gress, Michael A. and Lester W. Grau (eds), Russian General Staff. 2002. The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost. University Press of Kansas.

Jalali, Ahmed Ali and Lester W. Grau. 2002. Afghan Guerilla Warfare. Osprey.

Kaiser, Steve. 2009. Doorstep Diplomacy: The deployment and experiences of a Civil Affairs Team Leader in Afghanistan. Acacia Publishing.

Maloney, Sean M. 2009. Confronting the Chaos: A Rogue Military Historian Returns to Afghanistan. Naval Institute Press.

Rietjens, S.J.H. 2008. Civil-Military Cooperation in Response to a Complex Emergency: Just Another Drill? Netherlands Defence Academy.

Rothstein, H.S. 2006. Afghanistan and the Troubled Future of Unconventional Warfare. Monterey, CA: Naval Institute Press.

Shaw, Geoffrey D.T. 2009. A Military History of Afghanistan: Between the hammer and the Anvil. Praeger Security International Press.

Tamas, Andy. 2009. Warriors and Nation Builders: Development and the Military in Afghanistan. Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press.

Chayes, Sarah. 2006. The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban. New York: The Penguin Press.

Ewans, Martin. 2002. Afghanistan: A Short History of its People and Politics. New York: Harper Collins.

Feifer, Gregory. 2008. The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan. New York: Harper Collins.

Fitzgerald, Paul and Elizabeth Gould. 2009. Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story. City Lights Publishers.

Gutman, Roy. 2008. How We Missed the Story: Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban and the Hijacking of Afghanistan. United States Institute of Peace Press.

Isby, David. 2010. Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderland. Pegasus.

Maloney, Sean. 2005. Enduring the Freedom: A Rogue Historian in Afghanistan. Washington DC: Potomac Books.

Marsden, Peter. 2002. The Taliban: War and Religion in Afghanistan. Zed Books.

McCauley, Martin. 2002. Afghanistan and Central Asia: A Modern History. New York: Longman Publications.

Neumann, Ronald E. 2009. The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan. Potomac Books.

Nojumi, Neamatollah 2002. The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. New York: Palgrave.

Tanner, Stephen. 2002. Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

Torwayana, Najib Ullah. 2002. A Short History of Afghanistan. Authorhouse.

There is a difference between a book not being read and a book not existing.


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