William Simpson s Afghanistan

This edition of the diary benefits from an extensive introduction and appendices.

William Simpson s Afghanistan

Author: Peter Harrington

Publisher: Helion & Company Limited

ISBN: 9781909982802

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'Left London, on a journey with Kabool as my objective via Brindisi and Bombay'. With these words written on Tuesday October 15, 1878, the Scottish artist William Simpson (1823-1899), commenced a daily journal which he later entitled Diary of a Journey to Afghanistan during the Campaign of 1878-79. Simpson was no stranger to the life of a 'special' having previously covered military campaigns in Abyssinia, France, and California on behalf of his employer, the Illustrated London News. Earlier, his efforts in the Crimean War had already established his reputation for accuracy and an eye for detail. As an 'embedded' artist with the Peshawar Valley Field Force, Simpson recorded the events leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Gandamak in May 1879 which brought the first phase of the Second Afghan War to a close. During his six months in Afghanistan, he sent back numerous sketches, drawings and watercolors accompanied by detailed captions to his newspaper in London. This period could be described as a 'phony war' as the British waited for the various tribal leaders to come into camp in Jalalabad and swear their allegiance to the British Government. The inactivity of the army with only the occasional punitive expedition to alleviate the boredom allowed Simpson to pursue his antiquarian interests by exploring caves and excavating several ancient Buddhist burial monuments known as stupas. In addition to the finely detailed and exquisite pictures, Simpson's diary contains accounts of his studies of these ancient sites as well as commentaries on the people and places he observed. Upon his return to England, he collected all his original sketches, drawings and watercolors sent to 'News and mounted them in two large albums, one dealing with the war, the people and the country, the other containing all his archaeological pictures. The diary paints a rare picture of the life of a 19th century 'special' artist in a war zone and the mechanics and editorial decisions that went into the pictorial coverage of a colonial war. It also offers a unique insight into early colonial archaeology undertaken by Simpson and a number of British officers while on campaign continuing the tradition of oriental scholarship among army officials. While much of this revolved around 'treasure hunting' Simpson went beyond this to understand the Buddhist culture that created the many monuments surrounding the Jalalabad Valley. This edition of the diary benefits from an extensive introduction and appendices.

Kipling and Afghanistan

Peter Harrington was preparing a study of William Simpson, the artist with the
ABC. Harrington had contacted the great-grandson of Simpson in Australia, who
possessed Simpson's diary of the Second Afghan War. Harrington was able to ...

Kipling and Afghanistan

Author: Neil K. Moran

Publisher: McFarland

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"Kipling became the voice of the eastern British Empire, and his writing covered Central Asia. Kipling drew inspiration from working with far-flung correspondents at the Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore, Pakistan. One of his chief correspondents was D

History of Buddhism in Afghanistan

convent of an old king , there is a milk tooth of ' Sakya Bodhisattva ' . It is about an
inch in length . ... It may be identified with the stupa that presently stands near the
Philakhana at Dauranta , noticed by William Simpson . 2 The antiquities and ...

History of Buddhism in Afghanistan

Author: Chandrika Singh Upasak

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A Systematic Work On The History Of Buddhism In Afghanistan Which Was A Very Influential Region In Central Asia With Close Socio-Cultural Interaction With Ancient Tibet-Based On The Author`S Explorations In The Field. 12 Chapters-Bibliography, Index. 47 Illustration Including A Map.

History of Central Asia The 4 volume set

William Simpson's Afghanistan: Travels of a Special Artist and Antiquarian During
the Second Afghan War, 1878–1879 (Solihull: Helion, 2016). Haslund-
Christensen, Henning, Jabonah. Abenteuer in der Mongolei (Insel-Verlag,
Leipzig, 1933) ...

History of Central Asia  The  4 volume set

Author: Christoph Baumer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1838608680

Page: 1568

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This set includes all four volumes of the critically acclaimed History of Central Asia series. The epic plains and arid deserts of Central Asia have witnessed some of the greatest migrations, as well as many of the most transformative developments, in the history of civilization. Christoph Baumer's ambitious four-volume treatment of the region charts the 3000-year drama of Scythians and Sarmatians; Soviets and transcontinental Silk Roads; trade routes and the transmission of ideas across the steppes; and the breathless and brutal conquests of Alexander the Great and Chinghiz Khan. Masterfully interweaving the stories of individuals and peoples, the author's engaging prose is richly augmented throughout by colour photographs taken on his own travels. This set includes The Age of the Steppe Warriors (Volume 1), The Age of the Silk Roads (Volume 2), The Age of Islam and the Mongols (Volume 3) and The Age of Decline and Revival (Volume 4)

Global Dawn

S. Wells Williams , “ Afghanistan and the English , " NEYR 38 ( 1879 ) , 110 ;
William Simpson , " With the Afghan Boundary Commission , " AM 59 ( March
1886 ) , 601 ; “ An American in Turkistan , ” Scribner's 13 ( 1876 ) , 223 ; Thomas
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Global Dawn

Author: Frank A Ninkovich

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674035041

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Why did the United States become a global power? Frank Ninkovich shows that a cultural predisposition for thinking in global terms blossomed in the late nineteenth century, making possible the rise to world power as American liberals of the time took a wide-ranging interest in the world. Of little practical significance during a period when isolationism reigned supreme in U.S. foreign policy, this rich body of thought would become the cultural foundation of twentieth-century American internationalism.

Encyclopaedia Iranica

A. Jahānbānī , Amalīyāt - e qošūn dar Balūčestán az Mordād tā Bahman 1307 ,
Tehran , 1336 Š . / 1957 . ... temple complex in eastern Afghanistan , first visited
and described in 1878 by William Simpson and completely measured and partly
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Journal of the Society of Arts

Mr. Simpson also accompanied the Afghan Boundary Commission , and proved
a very sociable companion to the Commissioners ... BY WILLIAM SIMPSON .
spectroscopic work , for several years he had experimented on different paper
processes , gelatine amongst others . ... is taken up with an accident which
happened , in which he tumbled into the stream from his donkey when crossing
at the ford .

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Burns Chronicle

Franco - German war in 1870 , and entered Simpson's main concern as a “
Special ” was , Strasbourg and Metz with the German troops ... and he
accompanied the Afghan and Afghanistan , and in 1873 , while visiting a
Expedition in 1878 and was present at the taking US ... later , which stated
succintly : “ ( To ) William Simpson found time to make copious notes and
Simpson Esq . , in appreciation of the ...

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Diary of a Journey to Abyssinia 1868

INTRODUCTION : WILLIAM SIMPSON A few years later he was back in
Afghanistan , this time accompanying the ... Notes , " 241 ) According to George
Eyre - Todd , who edited Simpson's memoirs for publication in 1903 , the aging
artist ...

Diary of a Journey to Abyssinia  1868

Author: William Simpson

Publisher: Tsehai Publishers

ISBN: 9780972317214

Page: 196

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The Expedition to Magdala of 1867-1868 was a memorable event in British Military history of warfare in general, and in the history of Ethiopia. Meticulously planned and executed, the campaign was a triumph for its commander, Sir Robert Napier. It was notable for the use of Elephants imported from India, the building of a port railway and the use of breech-loading rifles, the first time they employed in War.

A Journey to Hindoostan

decline is reflected in the career of William Simpson , who had been sent to India
by the publishing and lithographic firm of Day and Son two years after the Indian
... The plan was to publish four folio volumes , containing 280 chromolithographs
, which would rival Daniell ' s Oriental Scenery . ... Sketches of Afghaunistan was
published by James Atkinson in 1842 after the disastrous Afghan War of 1839 .

A Journey to Hindoostan

Author: Thomas P. Bruhn

Publisher: Univ Connecticut

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The Illustrated London News

a THE AFGHAN BOUNDARY COMMISSION . r.carly parallel with the new
Russian road and half - con EN ROUTE TO ... which is a Mr. William simpson ,
our Special Artist , arrived two months the l'embroke Castle , the vessel which
conveyed ...

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Painting in the Punjab Plains

Ranjeet Singh ' s Court - miniature painted by Imam Buksh Lahori . Reproduced
in the book of ... Ranjeet Singh ' s reign . Portrait of Afghan noble painted at the
Sikh Court in the early 19th century . ... William Simpson , 1859 . Title page of the
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Painting in the Punjab Plains

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Tenri Journal of Religion

The piece is white veined carnelian , with both ends wrapped in golden capsules
, in the form of a lion head , fringed ... of the groups : a " golden reliquary ” found
by William Simpson in 1879 near Jelalabad , Afghanistan , which lies between ...

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Gandhara the Buddhist heritage of Pakistan

2, an image of a stele that is kept at the museum of Chandigarh today and was
photographed in the aforementioned period. ... was completed following the so-
called Second Anglo-Afghan War, which was the result of the following events:
on July ... In his autobiography, he reports in detail about this phase of the war:
This was William Simpson, who had travelled there especially for that particular
event.

Gandhara  the Buddhist heritage of Pakistan

Author: Dorothee von Drachenfels

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