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Soldier Sahibs: The Men Who Made the…

Soldier Sahibs: The Men Who Made the North-west Frontier

by Charles Allen

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0349114560, Paperback)

SOLDIER SAHIBS is the astonishing story of a brotherhood of young men who together laid claim to the most notorious frontier in the world, the North-West Frontier, which today forms the volatile boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Known collectively as 'Henry Lawrence's young men', each had distinguished himself in the East India Company's wars in the Punjab before going on to make his name as a 'political' on the Frontier - Herbert Edwardes, who 'pacified' Bannu; John Nicholson, a forebear of the author who became the terror of the Sikhs as 'Nikkal Seyn'; 'Uncle' James Abbot of Hazara, and many others. Drawing extensively on their journals, diaries and letters, as well as his own recent travels in their footsteps, Charles Allen, acknowledged master story-teller of imperial history, weaves the individual stories of these soldier sahibs into an extraordinary tale that climaxes on Delhi Ridge in 1857, when the brotherhood came together to 'save' India.

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"In this stirring chronicle of the quest undertaken by fearless young British officers in Queen Victoria's Army to secure India's northwest frontier, Charles Allen brings to life one of the most extraordinary chapters in British colonial history. At the same time, he illuminates the background to the ensuing "Great Game," in which Europe's imperial powers squared off in an international tournament to gain control over all of Central Asia." "Drawing extensively upon diaries, letters, and family mementos as well as his own frequent travels in India, Allen weaves together the stories of John Nicholson and seven other illustrious soldier sahibs into a vivid historical narrative that comes to a rousing climax on the Delhi Ridge in 1857, when with flashing sabers this singular brotherhood fought to save British India from native rebellion."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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