In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time.
This disastrous entanglement in Afghanistan has important lessons for the present. Using a wide range of new sources from Afghan, Russian, Indian and Pakistani archives, including a series of previously untranslated Afghan epic poems and biographies, Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the First Anglo-Afghan War, and an important parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision for our times.
Catch William Dalrymple on LHI Circle as we try to understand this chapter of Afghanistan’s history and its relevance in today’s times.
William Dalrymple is a prize-winning and best-selling author, historian and broadcaster. He is known for combining scholarship and story-telling, trans-cultural investigations and romance in his books which include The Age of Kali, The Anarchy, City of Djinns, Forgotten Masters, In Xanadu, The Last Mughal and Nine Lives
Here’s the recording of the LIVE discussion with William Dalrymple that took place on Wednesday, 1st September.