The focus of attention in this section will be on India, notably the fate of the Marathas, defeated by the Afghans under Ahmad Shah at Third Panipat near Delhi (1761), possibly the largest battle in the century, but, in turn, able, in a relatively minor clash, to defeat the British at Wadgaon in western India in 1779. It is also pertinent to consider the rise of Haidar Ali of Mysore in southern India and what this rise indicated about the potential variations in military development, not least compared with the British success in establishing a powerful position in Bengal. Other developments in Eurasia were not on the scale of India, but successful Russian expansion against the Turks contrasted with failed and costly Chinese campaigning in Burma. In turn, Burma proved successful in Siam.
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