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Kabul. Schilderung einer Reise nach dieser Stadt und des Aufenthalts daselbst.

Author Burnes, Alexander
Title Kabul. Schilderung einer Reise nach dieser Stadt und des Aufenthalts daselbst.
Imprint Leipzig: T.D. Weigel
Date of Publication 1843
Language German
Notes This is a German translation of Alexander Burnes's 'Cabool: being a personal narrative of a journey to, and residence in that city in the years 1836-38', published posthumously in 1842. Burnes was born in Montrose in 1805 and educated at Montrose Academy. He had extraordinary linguistic abilities, learning Hindustani and Persian within one year in Bombay. At the end of 1836 Burnes was dispatched by the British government on a mission to Kabul, where he stayed until 1838. During these two years he collected the material for his book. In 1839 he returned as an officer with the British Army and acted as second political officer in Kabul. Towards the end of 1841 the political situation deteriorated but Burnes was unprepared for the ferocity of the Afghan revenge. On 2 November 1841 an infuriated crowd besieged his house in Kabul and murdered him. This event marked the beginning of Britain's disastrous retreat from Afghanistan.
Shelfmark ABS.2.206.001
Reference Sources DNB
Acquired on 15/09/05
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