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History Afghan War (2001-)

No Easy Task

Fighting in Afghanistan

edited by Bernd Horn & Emily Spencer

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2012
Category
Afghan War (2001-), General, Canada
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459701632
    Publish Date
    Mar 2012
    List Price
    $9.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459701625
    Publish Date
    Mar 2012
    List Price
    $35.00

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This collection of essays explores how fighting in the rugged, hostile lands of Afghanistan is no easy task.

Afghanistan has long been considered the graveyard of empires. Throughout their history, Afghans have endured the ravages of foreign invaders, from marauding hordes and imperial armies to global superpowers, while demonstrating a fierce independence and strong resistance to outside occupiers. Those who have ventured into Afghanistan with notions of controlling its people have soon discovered that fighting in that rugged, hostile land is no easy task. Afghans have proven to be tenacious and unrelenting foes.

No Easy Task examines this legacy of conflict, particularly from a Canadian perspective. What emerges is the difficulty faced by foreign forces attempting to impose their will over Afghans who, for their part, have consistently adapted tactics and strategies to stymie and defeat those they perceive as invaders and interlopers. It is within this complexity and challenge that the difficult counter-insurgency must be fought.

 

About the authors

Colonel Bernd Horn, an experienced Canadian Forces infantry officer, is currently chief of staff of the Land Forces Development and Training System. Dr. Horn is also an adjunct professor of history at the Royal Military College and has authored, co-authored, or edited 28 books. Some of his recent publications are Fortune Favours the Brave and Show No Fear. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Dr. Emily Spencer is an assistant professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and a research associate with the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute. She is the author of Solving the People Puzzle and the editor of The Difficult War. She lives in Prince George, British Columbia.

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