New PDF release: Afghanistan and the Defence of Empire: Diplomacy and

By Christopher M. Wyatt

At the peak of the :Great online game" in valuable Asia, within the run as much as international conflict I and the aftermath of the second one Afghan battle, the sector of Afghanistan turned relatively major for either nice Britain and Russia. Afghanistan and the Defence of Empire explores the connection among British and Afghan rulers, through the an important interval of the reign of Amir Habibullah Khan, because the British sought to shield their Indian Empire from the specter of Imperial Russia. With Russia’s defeat by the hands of the japanese in 1905 and the increase of Germany as a superpower, the necessity to finish the competition took at the utmost significance: efforts which culminated within the making a song of the Anglo-Russian conference in 1907. because the heritage of Afghanistan turns into ever extra an important for the certainty of its current army and political state of affairs, this ebook could be of significant curiosity for college kids of historical past, relevant Asian reports, army background and foreign Relations.

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Sir Alfred Lyall, a former Foreign Secretary to the Indian Foreign Department, disagreed and argued that the Afghan army would be incapable of defending the north against Russian attack. The assistance of the Indian Army was therefore vital. 9 Such a situation would have been made worse by the fact that the Amir would not request aid from the Government of India until his army had been beaten and that the Government of India had not proposed to enter Afghanistan until requested to do so by the Amir.

Chapter 4 deals with the Dane Mission to Kabul in 1905. The Mission arose because the old Amir, Abdur Rahman Khan, had died in 1901. indd 22 1/12/2011 5:39:59 PM Introduction 23 new Amir. The Afghan view was that the agreement was still binding, whereas the Government of India took the view that it was specific to the Amir. There was also a wish to make it clear to the Russians that the terms of the treaty had been renewed, thus making any Russian incursion a casus belli. When he got to Kabul, Sir Louis Dane, the Indian Foreign Secretary negotiating the treaty, found that the court was split and that the Amir was trying to avoid being tied to the terms of the treaty.

26 Lansdowne saw Benckendorff the next day and discussed with him some of the implications of the Russian memorandum. The two areas discussed were the despatch of Russian agents into Afghanistan and direct relations. With regard to the former, Lansdowne made it clear that he viewed the despatch of agents as permissible only under the condition that they were to deal ‘on matters of purely local detail’. He made it plain, however, that the whole concept of sending Russian agents into Afghanistan was ‘most questionable’.

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