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Afghanistan and the Great Game

 
Suhash Chakravarty (Author)
Synopsis After the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 in the US, Afghanistan and the great game have been focused as the centrepiece of international attention. Commentators have been somewhat episodic in their treatment of issues in the present-day Afghanistan and the renewal of great game. Suhash Chakravarty has sought to present struggle against the Taliban barbarism in the context of the evolution of the Afghan polity and nation in the 20 century with a view to locating the significant diacritical marks in the ethnic and social struggles in Afghanistan. This is supported by a case study of imperial expansion in the late nineteenth century centred on Anglo-Afghan relations. Dealing with the crucial period from 1869 to 1880, the work begins by examining the British attempts to come to a negotiated settlement with the Russian government regarding the states and frontiers of Afghanistan and ends with an analysis of the shifts in policy and power that led to Lord Lytton’s futile military adventure. A rich range of original material drawn from public archives as well as from family papers has been sifted in order to achieve what must be a comprehensive study made so far on the subject.
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About the author

Suhash Chakravarty

Suhash Chakravarty was born in Maihar (Madhya Pradesh). Educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and Selwyn College Cambridge, he obtained a Master's degree in history from the University of Delhi and went on to take his Doctorate from Cambridge. He returned to teach history at St. Stephen's College and later became a Reader and then a Professor at Delhi University. He spent a year at Selwyn College as a Visiting Fellow (1977-78) and a term at Humboldt University, Berlin, as a term at Humboldt University, Berlin, as a Visiting Professor (1991). He served as a sectional President of the Indian History Congress in its session at Calcutta (1990). His other Books include From Khyber to Oxus: A Study in Imperial Expansion (1976), Anatomy of the Raj (1991), The Raj Syndrome (1989), V.K. Krishna Menon and the Indian League Vol. I and Vol. II (1997), The Rajcharitmanas in Hindi (1998) and India League's Condition of India (1999). In 1991, he was awarded a Nehru national fellowship by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund to work on V.K. Krishna Menon and the India League. Suhash chakravarty writes with verve, clarity, wit and at times with biting sarcasm. His range of scholarship is extensive and his historical craftsmanship has been widely acclaimed. He is interested in poetry, music and political analysis. He lives with his wife and son in Delhi.

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Title Afghanistan and the Great Game
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8177080202
length viii+341p., Notes; Bibliography; Index; 23cm