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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: a land of mystery locked behind the most formidable natural barriers on earth and governed by a reincarnaIn 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: a land of mystery locked behind the most formidable natural barriers on earth and governed by a reincarnate lama. Leading what was supposed to be a peaceful political mission was the charismatic Francis Younghusband. At his side, a group of young officers who were as eager as he to be the first Europeans in almost a century to reach Lhasa: to gaze, as one of their number put it, 'with awe upon the temples and palaces of the long-sealed Forbidden City'. But commanding the army escort was an officer determined to do things by the book: General James Macdonald, known to his troops as 'Retiring Mac'. The result was conflict at every level, with a tragic outcome that both enthralled and shocked the outside world.Drawing on diaries, letters and unpublished first-hand accounts, Charles Allen overturns this accepted view, presenting the real story of what became known to history as the Younghusband Mission. In doing so, he 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....

Title : Duel In The Snows: The True Story Of The Younghusband Mission To Lhasa
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ISBN : 9780719554278
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Duel In The Snows: The True Story Of The Younghusband Mission To Lhasa Reviews

  • David Worsfold
    2018-12-08 20:13

    An excellent account of one of the last great adventures of the British Empire. Charles Allen picks his way through the controversies and the often bitter divisions as the mission persistently exceeded its brief. There is a wealth of previously unpublished material and the story of the year long trek across the Himalayas to Lhasa is vividly told.

  • Russ Pullen
    2018-12-03 18:02

    A very objective but easy-to read account of this little known incident in British and Tibetan history, the effects of which are still being felt today. Well worth a read.