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CLIP 14022

The 'Great Game' for Afghanistan in the 19th and 20th century

The 'Great Game' for Afghanistan in the 19th and 20th century

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Key Info
  • The 'Great Game' for Afghanistan in the 19th and 20th century
  • Duration: 02:58
  • Afghanistan occupies a strategic position between Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Britain and Russia competed to control Afghanistan in the 19th century. Though Britain had some success in this 'Great Game' it could not keep control and faced a hostile local population, retreating on two occasions. From 1919 Afghanistan was ruled by a monarchy with relative success until it became a focus for the Soviet Union and the USA during the Cold War. It remained neutral but in 1978 Afghan Communists seized control.First broadcast on 'Our War' on BBC Three in May 2011.
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  • Keywords: Afghanistan, Afghan, Britain, Russia, Russian, Soviet Union, Soviet, USA, Cold War, Empire, conflict, war, Middle East, Asia, communists, British, army, armed forces, 9/11, 911, ourwar
Ideas for use in class
  • This could be a good listening exercise for understanding why the people of Afghanistan might be resistant of foreign powers involving themselves in Afghan affairs in the present. It is a good way of showing how a casual chain of recent events can stretch back far into the past. This could also be used, in part, within the context of Empire units, looking at how Britain (and Russia) sought to control large areas of land simply for strategic reasons. It also offers discussion about the relationship between rulers and ruled within the British Empire. This tackles an area where there is still conflict and will need careful introduction. Take time to view the section of the documentary beforehand and set it within the context of the overall context of the topic being taught. Be aware of pupils who might have a connection with the incidents described.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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