Reconsidering the Raj- Lecture 4

Reconsidering the Raj- Lecture 4
06 Mar 2018, 18:00 to 06 Mar 2018, 19:29
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

1947 marked the end of British rule in India, 200 years in which the British replaced the Mughals as controlling power and laid the foundations for modern India. In collaboration with the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia, the Institute of Historical Research will reconsider this remarkable period in a series of lectures by leading scholars. 

Tuesday 6 March 2018Afghanistan: Britain’s Imperial Misadventures

Jules Stewart, journalist and author of On Afghanistan’s Plains, The Savage Border and five other books on Afghanistan and the North West Frontier

Britain's most recent military involvement in Afghanistan remains a contentious issue, yet it is often overlooked that this engagement is in fact the fourth in a string of conflicts dating back to the nineteenth century. Determined to safeguard British India’s borders from the expanding Russian Empire and Afghan aggression, the British fought three campaigns on Afghan territory between 1838 and 1919. The Anglo-Afghan wars of the 19th and early 20th centuries resulted in some of the worst military calamities ever sustained by the Raj in this part of the world. In the first war alone, a column of 16,000 soldiers and civilians was annihilated on the retreat from Kabul. Jules Stewart’s talk looks at the lack of understanding of Afghanistan and its people that led to disaster and considers the lessons to be learnt.

Advance registration online for this lecture is required.

Lecture: 18:00-19:30
The lecture will be followed by a small wine reception

  • General Admission: £7.50
  • Concession rate (IHR Friends/ BACSA members/students)£5.00


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