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The Great Game By Peter Hopkirk

The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk

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Summary

For nearly a century, the two most powerful nations on earth - Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia - fought a secret war in the lonely passes and deserts of Central Asia, called as 'The Great Game'. This book tells the story of the Great Game through the exploits of the young officers, both British and Russian, who risked their lives playing it.

The Great Game Summary

The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia by Peter Hopkirk

For nearly a century, the two most powerful nations on earth - Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia - fought a secret war in the lonely passes and deserts of Central Asia. Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it 'The Great Game', a phrase immortalized in Kipling's "Kim". When play first began, the two rival empires lay nearly 2,000 miles apart. By the end, some Russian outposts were within 20 miles of India. This book tells the story of the Great Game through the exploits of the young officers, both British and Russian, who risked their lives playing it. Disguised as holy men or native horsetraders, they mapped secret passes, gathered intelligence, and sought the allegiance of powerful khans. Some never returned.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Prologue; 1. THE YELLOW PERIL; 2. Napoleonic Nightmare; 3. Rehearsal for the Great Game; 4. The Russian Bogy; 5. All Roads Lead to India; 6. The First of the Russian Players; 7. A Strange Tale of Two Dogs; 8. Death on the Oxus; 9. The Barometer Falls; 10. 'THE GREAT GAME'; 11. Enter 'Bokhara' Burnes; 12. The Greatest Fortress in the World; 13. The Mysterious Vitkevich; 14. Hero of Herat; 15. The Kingmakers; 16. The Race for Khiva; 17. The Freeing of the Slaves; 18. Night of the Long Knives; 19. Catastrophe; 20. Massacre in the Passes; 21. The Last Hours of Connolly and Stoddart; 22. Half-time; 23. THE GREAT RUSSIAN ADVANCE BEGINS; 24. Lion of Tashkent; 25. Spies Along the Silk Road; 26. The Feel of Cold Steel Across His Throat; 27. 'A Physician from the North'; 28. Captain Burnaby's Ride to Khiva; 29. Bloodbath at the Bala Hissar; 30. The Last Stand of the Turcomans; 31. To the Brink of War; 32. The Railway Race to the East; 33. Where Three Empires Meet; 34. Flashpoint in the High Pamirs; 35. The Race for Chitral; 36. The Beginning of the End; 37. End-game; Bibliography; Index

Additional information

GOR001551164
9780192802323
0192802321
The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia by Peter Hopkirk
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2001-07-12
576
N/A
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