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Essential reading for fans of William Dalrymple, Saul David and Lawrence James
Between 1824 and 1885 Britain and Burma fought in three deadly struggles.
The first was the longest and most expensive war in British Indian history, the second was criticised at the time as being caused by gunboat diplomacy, and the third led to the removal of Burma’s Konbaung dynasty and the incorporation of Burma into the British Raj.
These wars were fraught with military blunders and incompetence.
Why did the tensions arise initially and how did the first battles begin? How were Burmese forces able to resist the powerful armaments of their opponents for so long? And what were the implications of this controversial war for the British?