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

Page: 248

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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, ... of Simpson in Australia, who possessed Simpson's diary of the Second Afghan War.

Kipling and Afghanistan

Author: Neil K. Moran

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786422823

Page: 243

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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 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).

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)

Portraits of Remembrance

Heidi A. Cook is a PhD candidate in the history of art and architecture at the ... 1700–1914; William Simpson's Afghanistan: Travels of a Special Artist and ...

Portraits of Remembrance

Author: Margaret Hutchison

Publisher: War, Memory, and Culture

ISBN: 0817320504

Page: 352

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Interdisciplinary collection of essays on fine art painting as it relates to the First World War and commemoration of the conflict Although photography and moving pictures achieved ubiquity during the First World War as technological means of recording history, the far more traditional medium of painting played a vital role in the visual culture of combatant nations. The public's appetite for the kind of up-close frontline action that snapshots and film footage could not yet provide resulted in a robust market for drawn or painted battle scenes. Painting also figured significantly in the formation of collective war memory after the armistice. Paintings became sites of memory in two ways: first, many governments and communities invested in freestanding panoramas or cycloramas that depicted the war or featured murals as components of even larger commemorative projects, and second, certain paintings, whether created by official artists or simply by those moved to do so, emerged over time as visual touchstones in the public's understanding of the war. Portraits of Remembrance: Painting, Memory, and the First World War examines the relationship between war painting and collective memory in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and the United States. The paintings discussed vary tremendously, ranging from public murals and panoramas to works on a far more intimate scale, including modernist masterpieces and crowd-pleasing expressions of sentimentality or spiritualism. Contributors raise a host of topics in connection with the volume's overarching focus on memory, including national identity, constructions of gender, historical accuracy, issues of aesthetic taste, and connections between painting and literature, as well as other cultural forms.

Global Dawn

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Global Dawn

Author: Frank A Ninkovich

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674035041

Page: 428

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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.

America s Heroes Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Afghanistan

... Theodore Titus, Calvin P., 331-333 Simpson, William H. Spurrier, Iunior I., 320-322 Stanton, Edwin M. Custer, Thomas W., 63 -64 Truman, Harry S. Brown, ...

America s Heroes  Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Afghanistan

Author: Jim Willbanks

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 159884394X

Page: 534

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This book features the stories of 200 heroic individuals awarded the Medal of Honor for their distinguished military service while fighting for their country, from the Civil War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. • Provides 200 biographical essays of Medal of Honor recipients and 10 sidebars with additional information about the Medal of Honor and its recipients • Contains contributions from more than 50 distinguished scholars and historians • Includes a complete alphabetical listing of individuals who have received the nation's highest military award for valor • An extensive bibliography provides additional resources • Topic finders make it easy to identify entries from a particular war, home state, or branch of service

Diary of a Journey to Abyssinia 1868

... WILLIAM SIMPSON A few years later he was back in Afghanistan , this time ... ( “ Notes , " 241 ) According to George Eyre - Todd , who edited Simpson's ...

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.

Simpson s World

With characteristic wit and inexhaustible curiosity, and an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, this collection of episodes from his remarkable life offers a ringside seat at every major event in recent global ...

Simpson s World

Author: John Simpson

Publisher: Miramax

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Page: 423

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The veteran BBC journalist recalls his adventures around the world, detailing his visits to more than one hundred countries, interviews with 120 world leaders, and experiences on the frontlines of twenty-nine wars and uprisings, covering everything from the massacre at Tiananmen Square to dodging guerrillas in Colombia. 25,000 first printing.

Journal of the Society of Arts

... and no doubt the Simpson also accompanied the Afghan Boundary Frauenhofer ... be the He feared the American savants , like the BY WILLIAM SIMPSON .

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For the Sake of Present and Future Generations

... in Honour of Roger S. Clark Suzannah Linton, Gerry Simpson, William A. Schabas. Afghan citizen in a 'black jail' in a third country, a large number of ...

For the Sake of Present and Future Generations

Author: Suzannah Linton

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004270728

Page: 704

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This Festschrift, edited by Professors Suzannah Linton, Gerry Simpson and William Schabas, brings together forty-one distinguished experts to honour Professor Roger Stenson Clark’s remarkable contribution to International Law.

Journal

... 317 3rd Meeting : -- " Experiences on the Afghan frontier , " by William Simpson ... S. Hallett , 353 4th Meeting : - “ Traffic routes to the East ...

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History of Buddhism in Afghanistan

convent of an old king , there is a milk tooth of ' Sakya Bodhisattva ' . ... noticed by William Simpson.2 The antiquities and monuments found from Dauranta ...

History of Buddhism in Afghanistan

Author: Chandrika Singh Upasak

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Page: 264

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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.

The Builder

WILLIAM SIMPSON , who was lately accom- No. ... except that on the preceding day , at a word might have been said if there had been S. Browne to Afghanistan ...

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