Games Without Rules

Games Without Rules

The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan

Book - 2012
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Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism. That war is real; but it sits atop an older struggle, between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan: a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam.


Now, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out, and to illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nation undermined by its own demons while, every 40 to 60 years, a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. Told in conversational, storytelling style, and focusing on key events and personalities, Games without Rules provides revelatory insight into a country at the center of political debate.


Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781610390941
1610390946
Branch Call Number: History 958.1 Ans

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

That beating them didn't stop them from continuing to fight.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

Necessity is the mother of invention and the father of the Eurasian.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

For the dynamics of leadership were those of a family, not of a marketplace.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

Pakistan sent the Taliban into Afghanistan, but Talibanism came seeping back across the border, disrupting Pakistani society.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

The mysterious Adolph Dubs affair inched Afghanistan closer to becoming one more Soviet Socialist Republic.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

Afgaan peasant's didn't see their ife in terms of class interests. They saw their world layered and compartmentalized by ethnic, tribal, and religious facters.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

In Afghan culture, however helping one's kin is not only legal it's honorable. In fact; it's an obligation.

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SEBoiko
Jun 03, 2013

The big-time corruption in Afghanistan has mostly consisted of nepotism in various forms.

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lizzietish81 Sep 02, 2015

This book focuses upon the recent history of western powers (Britain, Russia and the US) attempting to conquer and control the country of Afghanistan and why it has been a disaster each time.

sit_walk Sep 23, 2013

A very readable history of Afghanistan with plenty of insight into the struggles within (and over) that country.

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rcplrozkutler
Apr 17, 2013

Ansary is a great storyteller. I'm hooked.

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