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A military unit and its social context

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Initial post: Jul 15, 2006 6:31:38 AM PDT
This is an excellent book, not just because it addresses a little known but interesting unit that served the British on the Northwest Frontier, but also because it puts the Khyber Rifles and British efforts in the region into its social context. In fact, the first three (of seven) chapters of the book discuss the tribal culture of the frontier. The book then presents a four chapter overview of the unit from its inception to the early 20th century. Given the short length of the book it is really nothing more than an overview; and, being written by a journalist, it is an easy to read and interesting overview. At the same time, despsite the sub-title that it covers the period through to "Al Qaeda" in reality it is thin in this aspect. This doesn't mean it's a bad book -- not at all. I highly recommend it as an overview of the Khyber Rifles and its regional context, which is the book's strength. It is not a unit history, although there are aspects of that, so much as a contextual history. (As an aside, for the historian, though, it lacks documentation that would allow you to pursue the subject in more detail.)
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The Kyhber Rifles: From British Raj to Al Qaeda
The Kyhber Rifles: From British Raj to Al Qaeda by Jules Stewart (Hardcover - August 28, 2005)
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