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HUM 527 Canada and Afghanistan

Course Description

The war on terror in Afghanistan marked the Canadian military’s first participation in active combat since the Korean War ended in 1953. The commitment of military personnel to a 'hot war' in such a remote and desolate area may have come as a surprise to you as it did to many Canadians. Nonetheless, the unexpected degree of Afghanistan’s geopolitical importance was vividly illustrated by the century-long 'Great Game' between Great Britain and Russia for regional hegemony. We will analyze Afghanistan’s history while placing special emphasis on the domestic and international events leading to Canadian involvement in the region and the resulting implications for the nation’s society, government, and military personnel.

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