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by Diana Preston
Preston's The Dark Defile is a bit uneven in the telling of Britain's incursion into Afghanistan, but her evaluation and conclusions are spot on. Concerned about protecting India from Russian influence (the "Great Game" as Kipling.
Preston's The Dark Defile is a bit uneven in the telling of Britain's incursion into Afghanistan, but her evaluation and conclusions are spot on. The interplay between personalities (both English and Afghan) and the gross cultural misunderstanding betweent the two was a strength of the book.
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The annihilation left Britain and India in shock and the Governor General . Retreat from Kabul: The Catastrophic British Defeat in Afghanistan, 1842.
The annihilation left Britain and India in shock and the Governor General, Lord Auckland, suffered an apparent stroke upon hearing the news. In the Autumn of 1842 an "Army of Retribution" led by Sir George Pollock, with William Nott and Robert Sale commanding divisions, leveled the great bazaar and all the larger buildings of Kabul. Sale personally rescued his wife Lady Sale and some other hostages from the hands of Wazir Akbar Khan. Even after the two British invasions of his country, he did not intervene in any manner during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
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Within four years, it had been utterly defeated.
Author: Diana Preston. On the life and activities of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, b. 1948, leader of the Islamic Party (Hizb-i Islami) of Afghanistan. Binding: Hardback – 2012. Once upon a Time there was a Bookseller in Kabul. This is a rare glimpse into Afghanistan from an Afghan viewpoint - from a writer who fought back after his.
Manufacturer: Walker & Company Release date: 14 February 2012 ISBN-10 : 0802779824 ISBN-13: 9780802779823.
Diana Preston’s The Dark Defile describes the disastrous occupation of Afghanistan by Britain from 1839 to 1842
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Convinced in 1838 that Britain's invaluable empire in India was threatened by Russia, Persia, and Afghan tribes, the British government ordered its Army of the Indus into Afghanistan to oust from power the independent-minded king, Dost Mohammed, and install in Kabul the unpopular puppet ruler Shah Shuja. Expecting a quick campaign, the British found themselves trapped by unforeseen circumstances; eventually the tribes united and the seemingly omnipotent army was slaughtered in 1842 as it desperately retreated through the mountain passes from Kabul to Jalalabad. Only one Briton survived uncaptured. Diana Preston vividly recounts the drama of this First Afghan War, one of the opening salvos in the strategic rivalry between Britain and Russia for supremacy in Central Asia. As insightful about geography as she is about political and military miscalculation, Preston draws on rarely documented letters and diaries to bring alive long-lost characters-Lord Auckland, the weak British governor-general in India; his impetuous aide William Macnaghten; and the prescient adventurer-envoy Alexander Burnes, whose sage advice was steadfastly ignored. A model of compelling narrative history, The Dark Defile is a fascinating exploration of nineteenth-century geopolitics, and a cautionary tale that resonates loudly today.