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I n the 11th-century Persian classic Book of Alexanderthe great world conqueror goes to the farthest reaches of the world, only to have a wiseman show him what he was looking for, in a mirror—self-awareness. But as Edmund Richardson shows here in his powerful retelling of dating in Erie PA free life of Charles Masson, we do not live only to know ourselves. We are social animals and we care very much what others think about us.

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What did Masson lack that other great explorers and archaeologists had? He deserted from the British Army in India and turned fugitive with a price on his head.

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But it is also the case that many European soldiery deserted in order to enjoy more lucrative posts in the rival armies of the Afghans, the Sikhs and the Mahrattas. Masson walked through older dating Killeen TX Thar desert into Baluchistan and then Afghanistan, where his flight transformed itself into a quest to uncover traces of Alexander the Great. He immediately found something quite different: from the Giant Buddhas of Bamiyan to buried stupas; he was the first European to encounter the great civilization of the Kushans and the Greco-Bactrian kingdoms of Central Asia.

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The story is further enlivened by an improbably-cast set of adventurers and rogues, attracted to the prospect of quick riches that early looking for a date in Philadelphia India offered.

Josiah Harlan, an American from Philadelphia, alternately offered his exaggerated talents as a soldier to Dost Mohammad as well as his blood-enemy Shah Shojah, as well as the enemy of both men, the Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh to whom he also sold his non-existent medical knowledge.


The most endearing habit of Josiah Harlan was to brandish the Stars Corona mobile dating Stripes as he mustered his Pashtun mercenaries. Less comic is the Neapolitan mercenary Avitabile, who ruled Peshawar for Ranjit Singh and festooned the ramparts with human body parts.

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Masson could not enjoy the sumptuous banquet provided by Avitabile because of the smell of rotting cadavers. But perhaps the most disagreeable characters encountered by Masson were his imperial minders. While there were several decent and ethical officers who helped Masson in his work, most simply saw him as a tool to be exploited in date me Santa Rosa own career progression.

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There are several sociopathic types in the junior imperial positions who found themselves in charge of kingdoms and peoples; of these very few met the heroic expectations of the Victorian reading public. We meet Lieutenant William Loveday, who fed his servants to the dogs to punish their meet men San Diego Ca of alacrity. We also encounter Alexander Burnes and recognise him as a fickle, superficial narcissist.

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Both Loveday and Burnes expiate their faults with their grisly deaths. Yet it is Alexander Burnes whose explorations and adventurers in Central Asia are remembered today, and while few remember Masson. Masson showed that ancient Afghanistan had been a melting-pot of culture, with Greeks alternately worshipping Zeus and the Buddha.

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The British wanted to see Alexander as a precursor of their more exclusively European empire. Masson bitterly accused the British of wanton adventurism in Afghanistan.

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Before the First Anglo-Afghan War, no one wanted to believe him. After that disastrous conflict, no one wanted to be reminded of it.

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Masson should have enjoyed a great legacy as a scholar but lacked the chutzpah of a Burnes, a Schliemann or a Lord Kinross Mission TX guys dating exploit his finds. He relied on the kindness of others, and ultimately was betrayed.

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As an anti-imperialist he was before his time. This book also re like an 18th century epistolary novel, as Richardson lets the illusions and fantasies of the British, raised on Milton and Pope, to speak for themselves.

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Meanwhile the point of view of the Baloch and the Best Manchester NH to find milfs is echoed with snippets of folk ball. The title of this engaging book misle—this is less of a quest for the lost city of Alexandria than one for human dignity. He is working on a new book about the horse in Asian history.

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