Return Of A King

Return of a King
Publisher Vintage
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Category History
Total Pages 560
ISBN 9780307958297
Rating 4.5/5 from 14 reviews
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From William Dalrymple—award-winning historian, journalist and travel writer—a masterly retelling of what was perhaps the West’s greatest imperial disaster in the East, and an important parable of neocolonial ambition, folly and hubris that has striking relevance to our own time. With access to newly discovered primary sources from archives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and India—including a series of previously untranslated Afghan epic poems and biographies—the author gives us the most immediate and comprehensive account yet of the spectacular first battle for Afghanistan: the British invasion of the remote kingdom in 1839. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed helmets, and facing little resistance, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the mountain passes from India into Afghanistan in order to reestablish Shah Shuja ul-Mulk on the throne, and as their puppet. But after little more than two years, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into rebellion. This First Anglo-Afghan War ended with an entire army of what was then the most powerful military nation in the world ambushed and destroyed in snowbound mountain passes by simply equipped Afghan tribesmen. Only one British man made it through. But Dalrymple takes us beyond the bare outline of this infamous battle, and with penetrating, balanced insight illuminates the uncanny similarities between the West’s first disastrous entanglement with Afghanistan and the situation today. He delineates the straightforward facts: Shah Shuja and President Hamid Karzai share the same tribal heritage; the Shah’s principal opponents were the Ghilzai tribe, who today make up the bulk of the Taliban’s foot soldiers; the same cities garrisoned by the British are today garrisoned by foreign troops, attacked from the same rings of hills and high passes from which the British faced attack. Dalryrmple also makes clear the byzantine complexity of Afghanistan’s age-old tribal rivalries, the stranglehold they have on the politics of the nation and the ways in which they ensnared both the British in the nineteenth century and NATO forces in the twenty-first. Informed by the author’s decades-long firsthand knowledge of Afghanistan, and superbly shaped by his hallmark gifts as a narrative historian and his singular eye for the evocation of place and culture, The Return of a King is both the definitive analysis of the First Anglo-Afghan War and a work of stunning topicality.

Return of a King
  • Author : William Dalrymple
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2013-04-16

From William Dalrymple—award-winning historian, journalist and travel writer—a masterly retelling of what was perhaps the West’s greatest imperial disaster in the East, and an important parable of neocolonial ambition, folly and hubris that has striking relevance to our own time. With access to newly discovered primary sources

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Return of a King
  • Author : William Dalrymple
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2013-02-04

SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2013 'Dazzling' Sunday Times 'Magnificent' Guardian 'Sparkling' Daily Telegraph In the spring of 1839, Britain invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in,

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The Return of a King
  • Author : William Dalrymple
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2013

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  • Author : Brian Windhorst,Dave McMenamin
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-04-11

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A King s Return
  • Author : J. J. Johnson
  • Publisher : Kingdoms of Islandia
  • Release Date : 2020-08-18

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  • Author : Karen Hancock
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2007-04-01

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Return of the King
  • Author : Gillian G. Gaar
  • Publisher : Jawbone Press
  • Release Date : 2010-06-01

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  • Author : Edoardo Albert
  • Publisher : Lion Fiction
  • Release Date : 2015-05-15

The exiled family of King Æthelfrith of Northumbria arrive, after much hardship, on the island of Iona, where the monastery founded by St Columba has become a centre of worship and learning. Young Oswald becomes firm friends with a novice, Aidan. When Aidan professes his final vows, Oswald and his

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The Return of the King
  • Author : Michael K. Snearly
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-11-19

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  • Author : Debra N. Mancoff
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-04-23

The Arthurian legend closes with a promise: On a distant day, when his country calls, the king will return. His lost realm will be regained, and his shattered dream of an ideal world will, at last, be realized. This collection of original essays explores the issue of return in the

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  • Author : Ton van der Kroon
  • Publisher : Independently Published
  • Release Date : 2018-09-07

What does it mean to be a man today? Not a macho nor a whimp, but someone who can be strong and vulnerable, open and assertive, grounded and inspired. Many men are facing this question today. They feel confident to share their innermost feelings with women, but they lack the

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The Age of Kali
  • Author : William Dalrymple
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-10-02

From the author of The Last Mughal and Nine Lives: the classic stories he gathered during the ten years he spent journeying across the Indian subcontinent, from Sri Lanka and southern India to the North West Frontier of Pakistan. As he searched for evidence of Kali Yug, the “age of

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The Lord of the Rings
  • Author : Five Mile Press Pty. Limited, The
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2003

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No Worse Enemy
  • Author : Ben Anderson
  • Publisher : Oneworld Publications
  • Release Date : 2011

Follows the journalist's experiences in Afghanistan, describing the struggle to combat the Taliban's resistance, rise in civilian attacks, incompetent Afghan forces, increasingly ineffective policies, and unsuccessful peace-keeping efforts.

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From the Holy Mountain
  • Author : William Dalrymple
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-10-02

In the spring of A.D. 587, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist embarked on a remarkable expedition across the entire Byzantine world, traveling from the shores of Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. Using Moschos’s writings as his guide and inspiration, the acclaimed travel writer William

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