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By Christopher M. Wyatt

At the peak of the :Great video game" in crucial Asia, within the run as much as international conflict I and the aftermath of the second one Afghan warfare, the area of Afghanistan grew to become rather 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 defend 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 background of Afghanistan turns into ever extra an important for the knowledge of its current army and political scenario, this e-book may be of significant curiosity for college kids of background, valuable Asian reports, army heritage and overseas Relations.

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Indd 31 1/12/2011 5:38:38 PM 32 Afghanistan and the Defence of Empire the immediate control of the Foreign Office at St Petersburg’. 20 Four days later the Russian Foreign Minister reaffirmed to Scott his desire for direct relations of a non-political character and recognised that Afghanistan was ‘within our [the British] political sphere of influence’. At the same time, Lansdowne discussed the matter with Benckendorff, the Russian Ambassador to London, who suggested ‘a “negative” understanding, under which certain matters should be specifically excluded from local treatment’.

After originally considering sending someone from McMahon’s Commission, Whyte was going to go but fell ill. 58 On 25 August Lansdowne at last received an answer from the Russians to Scott’s memorandum of 27 May. On 20 August, Lamsdorff had sent Scott a memorandum stating the Russian position. This recapped on Scott’s proposals that the boundary pillars should be reerected under the conditions that they had been originally put up and that Meshed should act as a medium of communication between Central Asia and Herat.

Consequently, it seemed important to prevent such communication – especially communication with political content. Matters of a purely local character, however, were permitted. The chief difficulty was that Russia, feeling in a strong position, believed that she could deal direct with the Afghans over their northern border. 17 The event which triggered off the discussion of the subject of direct relations was a dispute between the governors of Herat and Askabad over irrigation rights – a political issue.

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