By Christopher M. Wyatt
At the peak of the :Great video game" in imperative Asia, within the run as much as global struggle I and the aftermath of the second one Afghan struggle, the quarter of Afghanistan turned really major for either nice Britain and Russia. Afghanistan and the Defence of Empire explores the connection among British and Afghan rulers, in the course of the the most 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 contention took at the utmost significance: efforts which culminated within the making a song of the Anglo-Russian conference in 1907. because the historical past of Afghanistan turns into ever extra the most important for the knowledge of its current army and political scenario, this publication can be of important curiosity for college kids of heritage, crucial Asian reviews, army heritage and overseas Relations.
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On the issue of direct communications, the views of both parties were not dissimilar. Benckendorff knew that these communications went on ‘and it was impossible to prevent it’. 27 At the same time, Hamilton wrote to the Government of India in response to their telegram of 23 March in which they had expressed their doubts concerning the Russian memorandum. He had received information from Lansdowne and the Foreign Office and pointed out to the Viceroy that Benckendorff had accepted that Afghanistan was outside the Russian sphere of political influence.
Some horses were stolen from Kushk and the Governor there wrote to the Governor of Herat requesting his assistance in the matter. The letter was given to two Russian Turcomen troopers and they took it direct to Herat. indd 39 1/12/2011 5:38:39 PM 40 Afghanistan and the Defence of Empire had not given the letter to the Afghan frontier officials. Their replies were found wanting and led the Governor of Herat to believe that they ‘were acting under orders from the Russians’. The Government of India also saw the matter in a bad light, labelling it as ‘an innovation, and an objectionable one’, concluding that: ‘This action by the Russian Authorities in Trans-Caspia appears to be inconsistent with negotiations now proceeding between His Majesty’s Government and Russia.
Secondly, the British Government was prepared to allow communication between the Russian Government and the Amir as long as this was ‘confined to correspondence of an unquestionably non-political character in reference to matters of purely local interest’. 28 The end of March and early April saw matters become more difficult. Benckendorff, as he had indicated in his letter of 13/26 March, was unable to negotiate without further instructions from St Petersburg. 29 Another area of difficulty lay in the obstreperous attitude of the Government of India, which wrote to the Secretary of State in response to his telegram of 27 March under the same heads as those in the Foreign Office plan presented to them.
Afghanistan and the Defence of Empire: Diplomacy and Strategy during the Great Game by Christopher M. Wyatt