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Beyond the ‘Great Game’: The Russian origins of the second Anglo–Afghan War

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dc.contributor.author Morrison, Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-09T09:20:32Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-09T09:20:32Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-15
dc.identifier.citation Morrison, Alexander. (2017) Beyond the ‘Great Game’: The Russian origins of the second Anglo–Afghan War. Modern Asian Studies. Volume 51. Issue 3. pp. 686-735 ru_RU
dc.identifier.issn 0026-749X
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X1500044X
dc.identifier.uri http://nur.nu.edu.kz/handle/123456789/2533
dc.description.abstract Drawing on published documents and research in Russian, Uzbek, British, and Indian archives, this article explains how a hasty attempt by Russia to put pressure on the British in Central Asia unintentionally triggered the second Anglo–Afghan War of 1878–80. This conflict is usually interpreted within the framework of the so-called ‘Great Game’, which assumes that only the European ‘Great Powers’ had any agency in Central Asia, pursuing a coherent strategy with a clearly defined set of goals and mutually understood rules. The outbreak of the Second Anglo–Afghan war is usually seen as a deliberate attempt by the Russians to embroil the British disastrously in Afghan affairs, leading to the eventual installation of ‘Abd al-Rahman Khan, hosted for many years by the Russians in Samarkand, on the Afghan throne. In fact, the Russians did not foresee any of this. ‘Abd al-Rahman's ascent to the Afghan throne owed nothing to Russian support, and everything to British desperation. What at first seems like a classic ‘Great Game’ episode was a tale of blundering and unintended consequences on both sides. Central Asian rulers were not merely passive bystanders who provided a picturesque backdrop for Anglo–Russian relations, but important actors in their own right. ru_RU
dc.language.iso en ru_RU
dc.publisher Modern Asian Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X1500044X ru_RU
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject Central Asia ru_RU
dc.subject Anglo–Afghan War ru_RU
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects ru_RU
dc.title Beyond the ‘Great Game’: The Russian origins of the second Anglo–Afghan War ru_RU
dc.type Article ru_RU

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