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In a phrase coined by Captain Arthur Connolly of the East India Company before he was beheaded in Bokhara for spying in 1842, a "Great Game" was played between Tsarist Russia and Victorian England for supremacy in Central Asia. At stake was the security of India, key to the wealth of the British Empire. When play began early in the 19th century, the frontiers of the two imperial powers lay two thousand miles apart, across vast deserts and almost impassable mountain ranges; by the end, only 20 miles separated the two rivals.
Peter Hopkirk, a former reporter for The Times of London with wide experience of the region, tells an extraordinary story of ambition, intrigue, and military adventure. His sensational narrative moves at breakneck pace, yet even as he paints his colorful characters--tribal chieftains, generals, spies, Queen Victoria herself--he skillfully provides a clear overview of the geographical and diplomatic framework. The Great Game was Russia's version of America's "Manifest Destiny" to dominate a continent, and Hopkirk is careful to explain Russian viewpoints as fully as those of the British. The story ends with the fall of Tsarist Russia in 1917, but the demise of the Soviet Empire (hastened by a decade of bloody fighting in Afghanistan) gives it new relevance, as world peace and stability are again threatened by tensions in this volatile region of great mineral wealth and strategic significance. --John Stevenson
Chronicles the imperial struggle for power in Central Asia between Victorian England and Czarist Russia.
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Great story told by a great storyteller. Reminds us that problems in Afghanistan and Central Asia are nothing new as well as how past experiences are totally ignored by current... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Johan Krijgsman
well written, very descriptive of the times, the politics of all factions and the characters involved. It is of a hard time yet it is told in a gripping fashion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by thomas steel
Filled with audacious, larger than life Russian and British characters. Although dense it reads like an adventure novel in style and content and I breezed though it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matt
A fantastic account of exploration, deceit, and power in the 19th century struggle for hegemony in Central Asia between Russia and Britain.Published 10 months ago by Inderjeet Sahota
I am fascinated by this country in central Asia. It was an unknown place to me and yet its where many of our plants came from and its where very early man settledPublished on July 26 2013 by JOANWW
ordering a used book, once again the book came through in great shape just as ordered. It takes a few weeks; however, that is much better than not being able to get the book at... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2012 by T. Tisch
The Hopkirk writings on the Great Game are simply a classic. The whole book is an amazing read, and in general leaves with the impression of a great a glamorous story. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2011 by Miliatasana
This books fills a gap in world history. All have heard of Marco Polo and most of Dgengiz Khan; some might know about the Russian advances towards India into Central Asia and might... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004 by M. M. A. Lensvelt
I think I may be intrigued by central Asia because of its vast emptiness. In sculptural terms, it is the negative space that defines the cities and countries which surround it. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003