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Return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 / William Dalrymple.

Authors: Dalrymple, William.
Call number: 958.103 DAL
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Publication date: 2013.
Subject: British -- Afghanistan -- History -- 19th century.
Shāh Shujāʻ, Amir of Afghanistan, 1780?-1842.
Afghanistan -- History -- British Intervention, 1838-1842.
Afghanistan -- History, Military -- 19th century.
Title: Return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 / William Dalrymple.
Edition: 1st ed.
Physical description: xxxviii, 515 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents note: 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 note: 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.
Biography note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [483]-497) and index.
ISBN: 9780307958280 (hbk.)
0307958280 (hbk.)
LCCN: 2012040998
Url for this record: http://sherloc.indypl.org/?itemid=|library/marc/dynix|1429512
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