Ochterlony’s men

Britain's Gurkha War: The invasion of Nepal, 1814-16
by John Pemble
Frontline Books, 2008

Thucydides begins his monumental History of the Peloponnesian War by saying that whatever the publicly declared reasons and complaints, the truest explanation was that "the growth of Athens's power and the fear this caused among the Spartans made war inevitable". Written nearly 2500 years ago, it is a fair judgement against which to assess the causes of innumerable wars since, including the one that took place between Britain and the Gorkha state of Nepal between 1814 and 1816.

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