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Title:
Return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 / William Dalrymple.
Call Number:
958.103 DAL
Publication Date:
2013.
Edition:
1st ed.
Publisher:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Physical Description:
xxxviii, 515 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 25 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.
Summary:
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.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [483]-497) and index.
Horizon Bib Number:
1429512
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