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Empires of mud : war and warlords in Afghanistan

Author: Antonio Giustozzi
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Warlords are charismatic leaders who exploit weak authorities to gain control of subnational areas. Nevertheless, warlords do in fact participate in state formation, and this book considers the dynamics of warlordism within the context of such debates. Antonio Giustozzi begins with aspects of the Afghan environment that are conducive to the fragmentation of central authority and the emergence of warlords. He then  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: ʻAbbās Qāʼimmaqāmī; ʻAbbās Qāʼimmaqāmī
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antonio Giustozzi
ISBN: 9780231700801 0231700806
OCLC Number: 232131409
Description: x, 332 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: warlords and states ---
Part I: Gestation, emergence and crisis, 1978-2007. 1. The roots of warlordism in Afghan society --
2. Insurgent warlordism: the Jihad Movement (1978-1992) --
3. Statecide in the making: government militias and warlordismm (1980-1992) --
4. 1992-2001: The apogee and crisis of the wardlords --
5. The explosion of peace in 2001: bringing the wardlords back in ---
Part II: Models of warlordism. 6. Junbesh: origins and general characteristics --
7. The role of leadership within Junbesh --
8. Junbesh's political dynamics --
9. Junbesh's political economy --
10. Junbesh's external dynamics --
11. Junbesh's military dynamics --
12. Junbesh's failed de-patrimonialisation --
13. Efforts to legitimize Junbesh --
14. The Emirat of Heart: origins and general characteristics --
15. Ismail Kahn's leadership role --
16. Political dynamics of Ismail Khan's emirate --
17. The political economy of Ismail Khan's emirate --
18. The external dynamics of Ismail Khan's emirate --
19. Military dynamics of the emirate --
20. Ismail Khan's attempt at institutionalization --
21. Ismail Khan's effort of legitimisation --
22. Between warlordism and guerrilla war: Massur and Shura-i-Nezar ---
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Antonio Giustozzi.

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"Warlords are charismatic leaders who exploit weak authorities to gain control of subnational areas. Nevertheless, warlords do in fact participate in state formation, and this book considers the dynamics of warlordism within the context of such debates. Antonio Giustozzi begins with aspects of the Afghan environment that are conducive to the fragmentation of central authority and the emergence of warlords. He then accounts for the phenomenon from the 1980s to today, considering Afghanistan's two foremost warlords, Ismail Khan and Abdul Rashid Dostum, along with their political, economic, and military systems of rule." "Despite the intervention of Allied forces in 2001, both of these leaders continue to wield considerable power. Giustozzi studies the similarities and differences between their administrations and compares them against the ascendance of a third warlord, Ahmad Shah Massoud, who incorporates similar elements of rule. Giustozzi identifies prevalent themes in the emergence of warlordism, particularly the role of local military leaders and their gradual acquisition of "class consciousness." He then tracks the evolution of this strategy into a more sophisticated state-like, or political-party-like, structure."--Jacket.

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