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The return of a king: the battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42

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From William Dalrymple—award-winning historian, journalist and travel writer—a masterly retelling of what was perhaps the West’s greatest imperial disaster in the East, and an important parable of neocolonial ambition, folly and hubris that has striking relevance to our own time.

With access to newly discovered primary sources from archives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and India—including a series of previously untranslated Afghan epic poems and biographies—the author gives us the most immediate and comprehensive account yet of the spectacular first battle for Afghanistan: the British invasion of the remote kingdom in 1839. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed helmets, and facing little resistance, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the mountain passes from India into Afghanistan in order to reestablish Shah Shuja ul-Mulk on the throne, and as their puppet. But after little more than two years, the...

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From William Dalrymple—award-winning historian, journalist and travel writer—a masterly retelling of what was perhaps the West’s greatest imperial disaster in the East, and an important parable of neocolonial ambition, folly and hubris that has striking relevance to our own time.

With access to newly discovered primary sources from archives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and India—including a series of previously untranslated Afghan epic poems and biographies—the author gives us the most immediate and comprehensive account yet of the spectacular first battle for Afghanistan: the British invasion of the remote kingdom in 1839. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed helmets, and facing little resistance, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the mountain passes from India into Afghanistan in order to reestablish Shah Shuja ul-Mulk on the throne, and as their puppet. But after little more than two years, the...

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subject_facetAfghanistan -- History -- British Intervention, 1838-1842
Afghanistan -- History, Military -- 19th century
British -- Afghanistan -- History -- 19th century
Shāh Shujāʻ, -- Amir of Afghanistan, -- 1780?-1842
title_displayThe return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42
title_fullReturn of a King The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42
The return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 / William Dalrymple
title_shortThe return of a king
title_subthe battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42
topic_facetBritish
History
History, Military
Military
Nonfiction
Shāh Shujāʻ