Cabool: Being a Personal Narrative of a Journey to and Residence in that City, in the Years 1836, 7 and 8


In the long and often disastrous history of British entanglement in Afghanistan, the name of Alexander Burnes (1805-41) deserves to be remembered. Aged sixteen, he went to India to take up a post in the army, and speedily learned both Hindustani and Persian. His skills led him to political work, and he himself proposed a covert expedition to Bukhara, to survey the country and to observe the expansionist activities of the Russians in central Asia. (Burnes’ 1834 account of this journey is also reissued in this series.) In 1836, he was sent to Kabul, and became involved in the British plan to replace Dost Muhammad Khan with Shah Shuja (which he personally thought a mistake). The British became a focus of increasing local discontent, and in November 1841 Burnes was murdered in Kabul by a mob. This account of his stay in the city was published posthumously in 1842.

Author: Alexander Burnes
ISBN: 9789936803541
Binding: Hardback, 414 Pages
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“The travelogue is magnificent to say the least. Sir Alexander Burnes style of writing is luscious. From the start one really gets to know the lay of the land, its people, the politics, economics and the intrigues in the air. As an observer his reports on trade on Indus and state of Sikh empire must have done good to his masters. He did a god job on that account. But the moment he entered Afghanistan his vision eroded him. I’ve a feeling that he relaxed and took things for granted in that very treacherous air of Cabool. And might that be the reason of his later down fall in the same place as well as of the British expeditionary force. It’s a pity that it contains no entries of his second sojourn to the same place … a good account for anyone who wants to read of these places and times ….” -Mansoor Azam About the Author: Captain Sir Alexander Burnes, FRS (16 May 1805 – 2 November 1841) was a Scottish traveller and explorer who took part in The Great Game. He was nicknamed Bokhara Burnes for his role in establishing contact with and exploring Bukhara, which made his name.

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Weight 0.68 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.2 × 3.7 cm