Prestons the dark defile is a bit uneven in the telling of britains incursion into afghanistan but her evaluation and conclusions are spot on concerned about protecting india from russian influence the great game as kipling refered to it the british made a series of horribly poor decisions that predictably ended badly for them in the first afghan war their lack of learning from . It is evident that afghanistan must be ours or russias those are the words of british foreign secretary lord palmerston in october 1838 as britain is contemplating an invasion of afghanistan to place a puppet king on the throne of that country thus dashing russian hopes to dominate central asia and protect all roads leading to british india. Buy the dark defile britains catastrophic invasion of afghanistan 1838 1842 by diana preston isbn 9780802779823 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The dark defile britains catastrophic invasion of afghanistan 1838 1842 diana preston walker 26 320p isbn 978 0 8027 7982 3 more by and about this author other books cleopatra and . Get this from a library the dark defile britains catastrophic invasion of afghanistan 1838 1842 diana preston an account of the mid nineteenth century war in afghanistan documents how the british government sought to protect regional interests by attempting to install a puppet ruler only to be defeated by
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