Humanitarian Invasion : Global Development in Cold War Afghanistan, Hardback Book

Humanitarian Invasion : Global Development in Cold War Afghanistan Hardback

Part of the Global and International History series



Humanitarian Invasion is the first book of its kind: a ground-level inside account of what development and humanitarianism meant for Afghanistan, a country touched by international aid like no other.

Relying on Soviet, Western, and NGO archives, interviews with Soviet advisers and NGO workers, and Afghan sources, Timothy Nunan forges a vivid account of the impact of development on a country on the front lines of the Cold War.

Nunan argues that Afghanistan functioned as a laboratory for the future of the Third World nation-state.

If, in the 1960s, Soviets, Americans, and Germans sought to make a territorial national economy for Afghanistan, later, under military occupation, Soviet nation-builders, French and Swedish humanitarians, and Pakistani-supported guerrillas fought a transnational civil war over Afghan statehood.

Covering the entire period from the Cold War to Taliban rule, Humanitarian Invasion signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of international history.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 332 pages, 2 Maps; 8 Halftones, unspecified; 8 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Development studies
  • ISBN: 9781107112070



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