Published: 7th April 2011
:: Retreat and Retribution in Afghanistan 1842 ::
Two journals of the First Afghan War
Dr Margaret Kekewich
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The blow to British pride and confidence delivered by the crushing defeat of their army in Afghanistan in January 1842 may be compared in its impact to the disaster in New York on 11th September 2001. The British had disastrously replaced a popular and effective monarch with a weak one. Two years later almost all the British and Indian soldiers in the region were killed in a popular uprising.
Margaret Kekewich's perceptive new study of the conflict describes the British defeat, their re-occupation of Afghanistan in the spring of 1842 and their final withdrawal from the area later that year. Based on the graphic diaries of two British eyewitnesses, it provides a fascinating and original insight into this war.
The first account is told by Lady Sale who was captured and imprisoned by the Afghans, along with many other women and children. The second account is from the Reverend Allen, a young chaplain to the army that invaded Afghanistan in April 1842 to avenge British humiliation and rescue the prisoners.
Retreat and Retribution in Afghanistan 1842 offers a highly relevant insight into the dangerous and intriguing enigma that is Afghanistan, at a time when British forces are deeply embroiled in another war there.
Dr Margaret Kekewich is a retired Open University history lecturer who has written on a wide range of subjects from the late middle ages to the nineteenth century. Among her recent books are Britain, France and the Empire 1350-1500 (with Susan Rose) and The Good King: Rene of Anjou and Fifteenth-Century Europe.
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A Contextually Fascinating Account!
While our forces are heavily involved in a ongoing conflict in Afghanistan itself, Dr Margaret Kekewich provides an continually fascinating account in her latest book. Primarily based on the graphic diaries of two British eye-witnesses, this allows Kekewich to draw both together into an insightful, narrative and emotional perspective on the conflict.
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