Return of a King


    Modern History

    Return of a King

    The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42

    William Dalrymple

    Knopf 2013

    Hardback 560pp Illustrated

    9780307958280   Product Code: 20350

    Britain's first military engagement in Afghanistan was in 1839, in order to restore the pro-British Shah Shuja ul-Muluk to the throne. It ultimately led to one of the most humiliating defeats in British history: the Kabul Retreat of 1842. This analysis of the First Afghan War draws on a range of recently discovered sources including material in Russian, Urdu and Persian and contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict, including the autobiography of Shah Shuja. American cut pages.

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