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To Herat and Cabul, a Story of the First Afghan War
by Henty, G. A.

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In the military history of this country there is no darker page than the destruction of a considerable British force in the terrible defiles between Cabul and Jellalabad in January, 1842. Of all the wars in which our troops have taken part never was one entered upon so recklessly or so unjustifiably. The ruler of Afghanistan, Dost Mahomed, was sincerely anxious for our friendship. He was alarmed at the menacing attitude of Russia, which, in conjunction with Persia, was threatening his dominions and intriguing with the princes at Candahar. Our commissioner at Cabul, Mr. Burnes, was convinced of the Ameer's honesty of intention, and protested most strongly against the course taken by the Indian government, who determined upon setting up a discredited prince, who had for many years been a fugitive in India, in place of Dost Mahomed.

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In the military history of this country there is no darker page than the destruction of a considerable British force in the terrible defiles between Cabul and Jellalabad in January, 1842. Of all the wars in which our troops have taken part never was one entered upon so recklessly or so unjustifiably. The ruler of Afghanistan, Dost Mahomed, was sincerely anxious for our friendship. He was alarmed at the menacing attitude of Russia, which, in conjunction with Persia, was threatening his dominions and intriguing with the princes at Candahar. Our commissioner at Cabul, Mr. Burnes, was convinced of the Ameer's honesty of intention, and protested most strongly against the course taken by the Indian government, who determined upon setting up a discredited prince, who had for many years been a fugitive in India, in place of Dost Mahomed.

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  • PID: 13854872778
  • Publisher: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • Seller: Sequitur Books
    Condition: Very Good
    Notes: vi, 346 pages, [9] leaves of plates: illustrations, folded map; 19 cm. In publisher's original blue cloth illustrated with an Afghan soldier holding a long gun on upper board, soldier's head and shoulders on spine, stamped in orange, brown, white, and black. Hardcover. Front hinge cracked. Clean, unmarked pages. With eight illustrations by Charles M. Sheldon. George Alfred Henty was a prolific English Victorian novelist and war correspondent (1832-1902). Henty volunteered for the Army Hospital Commissariat when the Crimean War began. He was with a well traveled war correspondent, following the Austro-Italian war of 1866, accompanying Garibaldi at Tirolese. Also he journeyed with Lord Napier through Magdala and Lord Wolseley to Kumassi. He was at the opening of the Suez Canal. He reported the Franco-German War, starved in the the siege of the Paris Commune, and then went to cover the Carlist insurrection in the Pyrenees. "He was in Asiatic Russia at the time of the Khiva expedition, and later saw the desperate hand-to-hand fighting of the Turks in the Serbian War. " Ency. Brit. Vol. 13, p. 303. Henty went on to write over 112 books and over 80 for a juvenile audience. Many of his books feature boys or young men in tumultuous times. Henty was an important popular writer for the advancement of British Imperialism. Kathryn Castle states that, "Henty...exemplified the ethos of the new imperialism, and glorified in its successes, " Reading Colonialism through children's books and magazines. Manchester, 1996. p. 55.