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Superpowers Defeated : Vietnam and Afghanistan Compared - Douglas A. Borer

Superpowers Defeated

Vietnam and Afghanistan Compared

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Published: 29th April 1999
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Was Afghanistan the Soviet Vietnam? Was Vietnam the American Afghanistan? During the Cold War, military conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan validated the crucial importance of war in global power dynamics. After approximately a decade of intense effort, military intervention proved too costly in human and material terms to be politically sustainable for the USA and USSR. In the end, both superpowers were thwarted in obtaining their original war goals and withdrew in disgrace. As a result, the parallelism between the US experience in Vietnam and the Soviet experience in Afghanistan is now a widely accepted truism. But is it so?


This book is an attempt to provide a greater degree of substance to the apparent truth that Vietnam and Afghanistan are analogous events, but also to explore the important differences between these two watershed events.

Introduction: the contemporary legacy of defeat
political legitimacy and international credibility - a unifying theme
organization and structure of the book
author's note. Maps of Afghanistan
Afghanistan and Vietnam in world affairs - the historical background: the foundations of political legitimacy in Afghanistan
the foundations of political legitimacy in Vietnam
setting the stage -the comparative history of Vietnam and Afghanistan
The origins of superpower intervention, 1940-55: legitimacy in the United States and the Soviet Union
the origins of superpower intervention in Vietnam
the superpowers in Afghanistan
the origins of intervention -a first comparison
From containment to detainment - the United States in Vietnam (1956-65) and the Soviet Union in Afghanistan (1956-79): the superpowers in Vietnam, 1956-65
the superpowers in Afghanistan, 1956-79
the interventions compared - from containment to detainment
Detainment at war - the United States in Vietnam (1965-73), the Soviet Union in Afghanistan (1980-89): the superpowers in Vietnam, (1965-73
the superpowers in Afghanistan, 1979-88
from escalation to withdrawal - a comparison of failed detainment
Superpowers defeated - the impact of war loss at home: the impact of Vietnam on the United States
the impact of Afghanistan on the Soviet Union
end of force - end of union
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ISBN: 9780714644097
ISBN-10: 0714644099
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 29th April 1999
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1