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Soldier sahibs : the daring adventurers who tamed India's Northwest Frontier

Author: Charles Allen
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Carroll & Graf edView all editions and formats
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"In this stirring chronicle of the quest undertaken by fearless young British officers in Queen Victoria's Army to secure India's northwest frontier, Charles Allen brings to life one of the most extraordinary chapters in British colonial history. At the same time, he illuminates the background to the ensuing "Great Game," in which Europe's imperial powers squared off in an international tournament to gain control  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Allen
ISBN: 0786708611 9780786708611
OCLC Number: 46772541
Description: xii, 368 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: "The type of the conquering race" : Lisburn, 1903 --
"The land of the Afghans" : John Nicholson and Afghanistan, 1839-1841 --
"respect the British soldier" : Afghanistan, 1841-1842 --
"First comes one Englishman" : the First Sikh War, 1845-1846 --
"I am to have a making of this regiment" : Harry Lumsden and Peshawar, 1847 --
"Connection with us is political death" : Herbert Edwardes and Bannu, 1847-1848 --
"Power to the omnipotent sahibs" : James Abbott and Hazara, 1846-1848 --
"Huzara and its part in the Second Sikh War" : James Abbott abd Hazara, 1848-1849 --
"Sometimes pleasure, sometimes pain" : the Second Sikh War and annexation, 1848-1849 --
"Every man a fair hearing" : consolidating the frontier, 1849-1853 --
I have just shot a man who came to kill me" : John Nicholson and Bannu, 1852-1857 --
"Mutiny is like samllpox" : the Sepoy Mutiny, May-July 1857 --
"Like a king coming into his own" : Delhi Ridge, August-September 1857 --
"Our best and bravest" : the aftermath, September 1857 onwards.
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"In this stirring chronicle of the quest undertaken by fearless young British officers in Queen Victoria's Army to secure India's northwest frontier, Charles Allen brings to life one of the most extraordinary chapters in British colonial history. At the same time, he illuminates the background to the ensuing "Great Game," in which Europe's imperial powers squared off in an international tournament to gain control over all of Central Asia." "Drawing extensively upon diaries, letters, and family mementos as well as his own frequent travels in India, Allen weaves together the stories of John Nicholson and seven other illustrious soldier sahibs into a vivid historical narrative that comes to a rousing climax on the Delhi Ridge in 1857, when with flashing sabers this singular brotherhood fought to save British India from native rebellion."--Jacket.

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