An Intimate War: An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict by Mike Martin

By Mike Martin

An Intimate conflict tells the tale of the final thirty-four years of clash in Helmand Province, Afghanistan as visible throughout the eyes of the Helmandis. within the West, this era is usually outlined via various lenses - the Soviet intervention, the civil struggle, the Taliban, and the post-2001 nation-building period. but, as skilled through neighborhood population, the Helmand clash is a perennial one, regarding an analogous contributors, households and teams, and pushed by way of a similar arguments over land, water and gear. This e-book - in accordance with either army and study event in Helmand and a hundred and fifty interviews in Pashto - bargains a truly varied view of Helmand from these within the media. It demonstrates how outsiders have pretty much misunderstood the continued fight in Helmand and the way, in doing so, they've got exacerbated the clash, perpetuated it and made it extra violent - exactly the contrary of what was once meant while their interventions have been introduced. Mike Martin's oral historical past of Helmand underscores absolutely the principal of realizing the hugely neighborhood, own, and non-ideological nature of inner clash in a lot of the 'third' global.

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