These are two original works combined (obviously according to the date of publication) in one binding:
- "Correspondence respecting the relations between the British Government and that of Afghanistan since the accession of the Ameer Shere AliKhan" (266 pps) and
- "Central Asia No. 1 (1878) Correspondence respecting Central Asia" (206 pps).
Both are extremely rare. Both are for professional readers or "history freaks": no poetry, no beautiful illustrations, but thousands of facts, dates, information. The first part contains 70 documents plus annexes, the second part 167 documents (plus annexes and 2 appendices).
Based on two treaties between the Afghan King ("Ameer") and the British government from 1855 and 1857, the work presents letters/ copies/ minutes/ translations/ memoranda between British and Afghan representatives and actors at different levels, up to the Afghan King (Shere Ali Khan) and the British "Viceroy of India". The documents cover the period between 1863 and 1878, when Shere Ali Khan ruled Afghanistan as Ameer.
The documents allow deep insights into the regional development and the tragic events caused by it. From 1839-1842, the First Anglo-Afghan War had ultimately led to the destruction of the British army (of 17,000 soldiers). After 1855, the above-mentioned treaties temporarily brought some peace to the region, but this was increasingly disturbed by the expansive advance of the Russians. Kabul, Peshawar, Simla and Petersburg were the sites of overt and covert political confrontations euphemistically referred to as "The Great Game"....
At the end of 1878, when the two volumes of correspondence were published, the second Anglo-Afghan War began, which ended in 1880 no less bloody than the war in 1842.
This book provides an opportunity to study the political and military efforts in the region that were ultimately unsuccessful in the 19th century. Unfortunately, nothing has changed significantly since 1878.
(Some pages have foxing, but never so much as to interfere with reading the documents - see some of the photos. The very large majority of the pages do not show any visible "impurities". For a 140 year old book that has obviously been used, it is in reasonable condition).
- Number of Books
- Colonial history, Politics
- Author/ Illustrator
- Secretary of State for India (British Government)
- Book Title
- Correspondence respecting the relations between the British Government and that of Afghanistan
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition Thus
- Original language
- Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
- Binding/ Material
- Other - see description
- Number of pages
- 33.5×22 cm