Return of a King
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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. Off-mint and American cut pages.