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

Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
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Examines the mid-19th-century Afghan war as a tragic result of neocolonial ambition, cultural collision and hubris, drawing on previously untapped primary sources to explore such topics as the reestablishment of a puppet-leader Shah, the conflict's brutal human toll and the similarities between the war and present-day challenges.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dalrymple, William.
Return of a king.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
(OCoLC)840496016
Named Person: Shāh Shujāʻ, Amir of Afghanistan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Dalrymple
ISBN: 9780307958280 0307958280 9781408818305 1408818302 9781408822876 1408822873
OCLC Number: 792880742
Awards: Shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize 2013.
Description: xxxviii, 515 pages, [32] pages of plates : some color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: No easy place to rule --
An unsettled mind --
The great game begins --
The mouth of hell --
The flag of holy war --
We fail from our ignorance --
All order is at an end --
The wail of bugles --
The death of a king --
A war for no wise purpose.
Responsibility: William Dalrymple.

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This sorry saga has been recounted many times, but never that I can recall as well as by Dalrymple. He is a master story-teller, whose special gift lies in the use of indigenous sources, so often Read more...

 
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