Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

William Dalrymple


From the prizewinning historian, a masterly retelling of the 1st Afghan conflict, might be the West's maximum imperial catastrophe within the East: a tremendous parable of neocolonial ambition and cultural collision, folly, and hubris.

In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the 1st time. Led by means of lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, approximately 20,000 British and East India corporation troops poured throughout the excessive mountain passes and re-established at the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk.

On the best way in, the British confronted little resistance. yet after years of career, the Afghan humans rose in resolution to the decision for jihad and the rustic exploded into violent uprising. the 1st Anglo-Afghan warfare led to Britain's maximum army humiliation of the 19th century: a complete military of the then strongest kingdom on the earth ambushed in retreat and totally routed by means of poorly built tribesmen.

Return of a King is the definitive research of the 1st Afghan warfare, instructed in the course of the lives of unforgettable characters on either side and utilizing for the 1st time modern Afghan bills of the clash, together with the most important new fabric in Russian, Urdu and Persian from data in South Asia. Prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple's masterful retelling of Britain's maximum imperial catastrophe is a strong and demanding parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times.

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