AUC Studia Territorialia (Acta Universitatis Carolinae Studia Territorialia) is a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on Area Studies. It covers political, economic, social, and cultural affairs of North America, Europe, and post-Soviet Eurasia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The journal was founded in 2001; currently, it appears biannually, both electronically and in print. It publishes original scholarly articles, book reviews, conference reports and research notes. The journal is a publication of the Institute of International Studies at Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

AUC STUDIA TERRITORIALIA, Vol 14 No 1 (2014), 11–47

Počátky sovětské politiky vůči Afghánistánu v období let 1917 až 1919

[The Beginnings of a Soviet Policy towards Afghanistan, 1917–1919]

Petr Novák

announced: 28. 01. 2015


By the 1880s Afghanistan had definitely fallen under a British influence, and it subsequently served as a buffer zone between the British and Russian empires. However, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 shattered the reality of Afghanistan being effectively closed for Russia, and it opened prospects for the new Soviet government to establish direct ties with the Afghans. This study explores the beginnings of a Soviet policy towards Afghanistan between 1917 and 1919. It concludes by arguing that while this Soviet policy might have been initially driven by defense and security concerns, offensive intentions soon prevailed, with the Soviets striving to weaken the positions of Britain, their main rival in the region, and to spread the Bolshevik Revolution further across Asia.

keywords: Afghanistan; Soviet Russia; Great Britain; Central Asia; Bolshevik Revolution

148 x 210 mm
published: 2 x per year
print price: 180 czk
ISSN: 1213-4449
E-ISSN: 2336-3231