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The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80

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The Afghan Wars of 1839-1842 and 1878-1880 were the direct result of Russian and British imperial designs for the expansions of the respective spheres of influence. This book is a scholarly history of those wars.
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Mark Dolan
This book is an important and comprehensive account of military history, but it may seem arcane to most readers today. Indeed, many, if not most Americans are entirely unaware of the long conflict the UK had in this region of the world.

Having a son who served 2 tours in Afghanistan, I was interested in becoming more familiar with the history of the conflicts in this sad country. In that respect, the book did not disappoint. Written from an obvious pro-British perspective, nevertheless there are
Forbes' account of the two Afghan Wars in the 19th Century very quickly gives the reader a clear picture of what Afghanistan was like at the time and the scope of the difficulty involved in conquering it and maintaining a hold within the space.

The book is divided logically into two sections, one for each war, which Forbes outlines in great detail.

The First Afghan War is the disaster one and shows clearly how badly the British army had been prepared to deal with the environment and locals. Cons
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