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Terrible Commanders in History: William George Keith Elphinstone-British Empire

In this one time class students will learn about one of the most incompetent military leaders in history.
Chidumebi Ikechi Njoku-Browne
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will learn about how William George Keith Elphinstone mishandled his part in the Anglo-Afghan War.
I have a degree in History and Political Science. I have been teaching historical subjects for 6 years. I am well versed in Colonial history which includes Africa and the Middle East. 
No homework will be assigned
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55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This topic involves a famous military defeat, so there will be talk of dead soldiers in this class. This class will also feature a time period covering the subject of colonialism in Afghanistan and the British treatment of the local Afghans. There will be talk about the oppression and later banditry that would  occur around this region and time, and the massacre itself will talk about the brutality of what happened to the British forces.
Elphinstone, Mountstuart. “EMBASSY TO CABUL.” Selections from the Official Writings of Mountstuart Elphinstone, Governor of Bombay, n.d., 22–38. 

Macrory, Patrick Arthur. Retreat from Kabul: the Incredible Story of How a Savage Afghan Force Massacred the World's Most Powerful Army. Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2002. 

Moiret, Joseph-Marie, and Rosemary Brindle. Memoirs of Napoleon's Egyptian Expedition, 1798-1801. London: Greenhill Books, 2001. 

Perry, James M. Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters and the Generals behind Them. Edison, NJ: Castle Books, 2005. 

Stephens, H. M. “Elphinstone, William George Keith (1782–1842), Army Officer.” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004. 

 Retreat from Kabul the Catastrophic British Defeat in Afghanistan, 1842. Guilford, Conneticut: Lyons Press, 2002. 


Chidumebi Ikechi Njoku-Browne
Lives in the United States
Dumebi Browne MPA
789 total reviews
481 completed classes

About Me

1)I teach Classical Western Civilization History. Pre-colonial West African history with more specifics on pre-colonial Nigerian history and mythology. I also teach prehistory. 
2)I am a volunteer at the Natural History Museum. A tax professional,... 
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