The Great Game

The Great Game

The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia

Book - 1994
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THE GREATGAME: THE EPIC STORY BEHIND TODAY'S HEADLINES


Peter Hopkirk's spellbinding account of the great imperial struggle for supremacy in Central Asoa has been hailed as essential reading with that era's legacy playing itself out today.


The Great Game between Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia was fought across desolate terrain from the Caucasus to China, over the lonely passes of the Parmirs and Karakorams, in the blazing Kerman and Helmund deserts, and through the caravan towns of the old Silk Road--both powers scrambling to control access to the riches of India and the East. When play first began, the frontiers of Russia and British India lay 2000 miles apart; by the end, this distance had shrunk to twenty miles at some points. Now, in the vacuum left by the disintegration of the Soviet Union, there is once again talk of Russian soldiers "dipping their toes in the Indian Ocean."


The Washington Post has said that "every story Peter Hopkirk touches is totally engrossing." In this gripping narrative he recounts a breathtaking tale of espionage and treachery through the actual experiences of its colorful characters. Based on meticulous scholarship and on-the-spot research, this is the history at the core of today's geopolitics.
Publisher: New York : Kodansha International, 1994.
ISBN: 9781568360225
Characteristics: xxiv, 565 p., [16] p. of plates of : ill., maps, ports. ; 22 cm.

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SEBoiko
Jun 08, 2015

..., the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907 finally brought the Great Game to an end,

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SEBoiko
Jun 08, 2015

... that the duration of peace is in direct proportion to the slaughter you inflict upon the enemy.

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SEBoiko
Jun 08, 2015

The musket was deliberately raised, the trigger pulled, and happy was he who fell dead.

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SEBoiko
Jun 08, 2015

To St Petersburg the Great Game was as much about commercial penetration as about political and military expansion,...

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SEBoiko
Jun 08, 2015

If this narrative tells us nothing else, it at least shows that not much has changed in the last hundred years.

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SienaSeadog
Dec 01, 2015

As good as Maclean's Eastern Approaches, part history, part spy craft, part travel adventure, part the story of some very intrepid men. Also helps one understand Russia's long history of conflict with Turkey, Iran and the Caucuses, and makes clear why one would not want to invade Afghanistan.

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