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War and Society in Afghanistan: From the Mughals to the Americans, 1500–2013

Kaushik Roy


This book analyses why the Mughals, British, Soviets, and Americans won the conventional wars but were defeated in the unconventional wars in Afghanistan. The book revolves round three interrelated concepts: weak state, great power rivalry, and counter-insurgency (COIN). In this book, the term COIN comprises all sorts of non-conventional operations. Many scholars argue that COIN is a concept that cannot be applied for the period before mid-twentieth century. However, even before the era of European overseas empires, pre-modern agrarian bureaucratic empires had to tackle the challenge of popula ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, insurgency, counter-Insurgency, COIN, Mughals, British, Americans, NATO, Soviet Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198099109
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kaushik Roy, author
Guru Nanak Professor, Department of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India