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

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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 goa...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1017/S0026749X1500044X

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
New College
Department:
Oxford, HUM, History
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Leverhulme Trust More from this funder
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press (CUP) Publisher's website
Journal:
Modern Asian Studies Journal website
Volume:
51
Issue:
3
Pages:
686-735
Publication date:
2017-05-15
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EISSN:
1469-8099
ISSN:
0026-749X
Pubs id:
pubs:728716
URN:
uri:50fb01a7-8c90-42ed-992b-ce60eea04cce
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uuid:50fb01a7-8c90-42ed-992b-ce60eea04cce
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pubs:728716

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