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Afghanistan: The Soviet Union's Last War Paperback – Sep 30 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (Sept. 30 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071468242X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714682426
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,402,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The last war of the Soviet superpower was played out against the backdrop of dramatic change within the USSR. This study is the first to adopt a broad perspective to identify the impact and implications of the Afghan war on Russian politics and society. It draws extensively upon official and unofficial sources, as well as the afganets veterans themselves, to illustrate the way the war fed into a wide range of other processes, from the retreat from globalism in foreign policy to the rise of grassroots political activism. The central thesis of the book is that the war must be seen in the context of the fall of the USSR and the rise of the new Russia. It did not bury Brezhnevism and then Gorbachevism, though it certainly helped. But the experience of Afghanistan played its part in the evolution of post-Soviet Russia's foreign and security policies. When Boris Yeltsin appointed his first defence minister he picked an afganets, and the 1993 Military Doctrine called on the lessons of Afghanistan in quelling unrest within and on Russia's borders. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I picked this up because I'm interested in the war(s) in Afghanistan, but to be honest I thought it might be a little dated because it was published in 1995. Boy, was I wrong! There are a few details which have emerged since in later books (especially by Les Grau), but this is an amazing overview not just of the war but of the effects this had back in Russia, from the problems the vets faced to how it changed the High Command. And it's written very clearly, even with humor. Highly recommended!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0b7d5d0) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0xa0b49e10) out of 5 stars Strong and coherent treatment Nov. 22 2001
By Carter A. Malkasian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Even though the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan is often viewed as their Vietnam, there are suprisingly few books on the subject. The books that do exist often derive from the experiences of a particular journalist or soldier. While such books are extremely valuable, they do not provide an overall treatment of the war and its relevance to the wider world.
Mark Galeotti provides a more historical and wider view of the war. He discusses the Soviet Union's involvement in the war and its effects on that country. He particularly addresses the argument that the war in Afghanistan was central to the fall of the Soviet Union. In pursuing this argument, a detailed and compelling analysis of the effects of the war upon the Soviet Union is provided.
The major problem with the book is that at times it feels spotty. Galeotti sometimes exhaustively focuses on issues that are tangential to his argument, such as the role of Afghan veterans in Soviet/Russian society, while providing only adequate amounts of detail on the actual war in Afghanistan. The overall history of military operations is covered very briefly. In particular, analysis of military effectiveness focuses almost entirely on tactics and does not attempt a detailed appraisal of flaws/strengths in Soviet strategy.
Nevertheless, this is a very strong book and certainly vital reading for understanding the importance of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b49390) out of 5 stars The best book on the Soviet war in Afghanistan Aug. 21 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked this up because I'm interested in the war(s) in Afghanistan, but to be honest I thought it might be a little dated because it was published in 1995. Boy, was I wrong! There are a few details which have emerged since in later books (especially by Les Grau), but this is an amazing overview not just of the war but of the effects this had back in Russia, from the problems the vets faced to how it changed the High Command. And it's written very clearly, even with humor. Highly recommended!
HASH(0xa0b4a6b4) out of 5 stars Great Reading Dec 13 2015
By Vinicius - Published on Amazon.com
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It is rich of facts and personal stories. It gives a very detailed description about the proxy war in Afghanistan. My best reading about Afghanistan because it fairly presented relevant description of the war from the three sides perspective, Russia, the USA and Afghanistan.


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