Publisher description for In Afghanistan : 200 years of British, Russian and American occupation / David Loyn.

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Afghanistan has been a strategic prize for foreign empires for more than 200 years. The British, Russians and Americans have all fought across its beautiful and inhospitable terrain, in conflicts variously ruthless, misguided and bloody. This violent history is the subject of David Loyn's magisterial book. It is a history littered with misunderstandings and broken promises, in which the British, the Russians and later the Americans, constantly underestimated the ability of the Afghans. In Afghanistan brilliantly brings to life the personalities involved in Afghanistan's relationship with the world, chronicling the misunderstandings and missed opportunities that have so often led to war. With 30 years experience as a foreign correspondent, David Loyn has had a front-row seat during Afghanistan’s recent history. In Afghanistan draws on David Loyn's unrivalled knoweldge of the Taliban today and the forces that currently prevail in Afghanistan, to provide the definitive analysis of the lessons these conflicts have for the present day.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Afghanistan -- History.
Afghanistan -- History, Military.
Military occupation -- History.
British -- Afghanistan -- History.
Russians -- Afghanistan -- History.
Americans -- Afghanistan -- History.
Afghanistan -- Strategic aspects.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government.