The paper deals with the attempts by the rulers of Kabul to make Herat a part of the Afghan state, following the settlement of the Khurasan frontier with Persia in 1857, and to defend it against Russian military advances and British diplomatic encroachments.  Based almost exclusively on British sources, the notice focuses on the threads represented to the British interests by the Russian advance.  Naming “Turkmen oases” places like Bukhara, Tashkent or Kokand, and attributing them to Qajar dominions reveal the lack of an elementary familiarity with the geography and history of Central Asia.  

The Redaction
CER: I-3.4.D-328