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Britain's military involvement in Afghanistan is a contentious subject, yet it is often forgotten that the current conflict is in fact the fourth in a string of such wars dating back as far as the early nineteenth century. Aiming to protect the British territories in India from the expanding Russian empire, the British fought a series of conflicts on Afghan territory between 1838 and 1919. The Anglo-Afghan wars of the 19th and early 20th centuries were ill-conceived and led to some of the worst military disasters ever sustained by British forces in this part of the world, with poor strategy in…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Britain's military involvement in Afghanistan is a contentious subject, yet it is often forgotten that the current conflict is in fact the fourth in a string of such wars dating back as far as the early nineteenth century. Aiming to protect the British territories in India from the expanding Russian empire, the British fought a series of conflicts on Afghan territory between 1838 and 1919. The Anglo-Afghan wars of the 19th and early 20th centuries were ill-conceived and led to some of the worst military disasters ever sustained by British forces in this part of the world, with poor strategy in the First Afghan War resulting in the annihilation of 16,000 soldiers and civilians in a single week. In his new book, Jules Stewart explores the potential danger of replaying Britain's military catastrophes and considers what can be learnt from revisiting the story of these earlier Afghan wars.

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  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: I.B.Tauris
  • Seitenzahl: 272
  • Erscheinungstermin: 30.06.2011
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780857720030
  • Artikelnr.: 39141834
Autorenporträt
Jules Stewart is a journalist, historian and author. He spent twenty years in Madrid working as a journalist, and now lives in London.
Inhaltsangabe
Introduction
1. Cradle of Political Insanity
2. Victoria's First War
3. The Present Happy Moment
4. Vengeance is Mine, Sayeth Lord Ellenborough
5. The Pure Instinct of Dominion
6. Chronic Suspicion and Undignified Alarm
7. Nothing but Misfortune and Disaster
8. Once More into the Breech
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