Duel in the Snows: The True Story of the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa

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John Murray, 2004 - British - 350 pages
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In December 1903 a British army marched over the Himalayas to counter a non-existent Russian threat and was confronted by a medieval Tibetan army ordered to stop it by non-violent means. It was a clash between the mightiest political power in the world and the weakest.

Leading the mission was the charismatic Francis Younghusband. Commanding the army escort was an officer determined to do things by the book: General James Macdonald. The result was conflict at every level.

Drawing on diaries, letters and unpublished first-hand accounts, Charles Allen reveals not only the true character of one of Britain's great imperial heroes but also the calamitous outcome for the Tibetan people of Britain's last attempt at empire-building.

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A new account ot the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa in 1903-4, making good use of many contemporary sources, from the highest to the lowest. As the Independent's reviewer noted "Allen's histories have ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Charles Allen made his reputation with his celebrated oral histories, starting with Plain Tales from the Raj. Soldier Sahibs was described by the Sunday Times as 'magnificent' and by the Daily Telegraph as 'marvellous'. His most recent book, The Buddha and the Sahibs, was hailed as 'colourful, informative and splendidly readable' by Saul David.

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