The Resource The return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan, William Dalrymple

The return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan, William Dalrymple

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The return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan
Title
The return of a king
Title remainder
the battle for Afghanistan
Statement of responsibility
William Dalrymple
Title variation
Battle for Afghanistan, eighteen thirty-nine to forty-two
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A towering history of the first Afghan War by bestselling historian William Dalrymple In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in, the British faced little resistance. But after two years of occupation, the Afghan people rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into violent rebellion. The First Anglo-Afghan War ended in Britain's greatest military humiliation of the nineteenth century: an entire army of the then most powerful nation in the world ambushed in retreat and utterly routed by poorly equipped tribesmen. Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the First Afghan War, told through the lives of unforgettable characters on all sides and using for the first time contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict. Prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple's masterful retelling of Britain's greatest imperial disaster is a powerful and important parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times
Summary
Examines the mid-19th-century Afghan war as the result of neocolonial ambition and cultural clashes, drawing on primary sources to explore such topics as the human toll of the war and the similarities between it and the present-day conflict
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10174295
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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Dalrymple, William
Dewey number
958.103
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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Afghanistan
Target audience
adult
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the battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42
Label
The return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan, William Dalrymple
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xl, 567 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781408818305
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps, ports., geneal. tables
System control number
(Sirsi) 13831517
Label
The return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan, William Dalrymple
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xl, 567 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781408818305
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps, ports., geneal. tables
System control number
(Sirsi) 13831517

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