Afghanistan and the Defence of Empire: Diplomacy and by Christopher M. Wyatt

By Christopher M. Wyatt

At the peak of the :Great online game" in valuable Asia, within the run as much as global battle I and the aftermath of the second one Afghan warfare, the area of Afghanistan turned fairly major for either nice Britain and Russia. Afghanistan and the Defence of Empire explores the connection among British and Afghan rulers, throughout 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 the most important for the certainty of its current army and political scenario, this booklet can be of important curiosity for college students of historical past, important Asian reviews, army background and foreign Relations.

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51 They suggested that an officer be sent to Herat to examine the complaints regarding the boundary pillars and the Russian construction of a canal infringing Afghan territory. This would not necessitate any change in existing arrangements, save the repair of several dilapidated pillars. In the case of the canal, if a Russian officer accepted the British invitation to meet their officer, the issue could be resolved on the spot. 52 The Russian Central Asian authorities, however, were eager to resolve the boundary pillars issue without recourse to discussion with the British.

With a view to this, he communicated the standpoint of the British Government to Lamsdorff in the form of a Pro-Memoriâ. indd 38 1/12/2011 5:38:39 PM The Problem of Herat 39 construct a canal. Regarding the boundary pillars, it was considered that an officer from the McMahon Seistan Arbitration Commission should be sent to Herat to investigate reports received. The Russian Government was also invited to send an officer of similar rank to meet the British officer and then the two of them would cooperate in the restoration of the pillars.

Such a document ‘could not but considerably strengthen our hands in any future discussions on this subject, and would conclusively demonstrate the loyal attitude of the Amir in his relations with the Government of India’. 55 The following day the India Office informed the Government of India of the developments which had occurred and that an officer was about to be instructed to proceed to Herat. 56 At St Petersburg, Lamsdorff had been as evasive as ever, which prompted Scott to write to him direct.

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