Anglo-Russian Rivalry in Central Asia

Anglo-Russian Rivalry in Central Asia : the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

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Masson, Charles - "Narrative of Various Journeys in Balochistan, Afghanistan and the Punjab ...From 1826 to 1838", 3 vols (London, 1842), talks about an English deserter from the Indian Army who travelled in Afghanistan in 1826-28 and lived in Kabul in 1832-38, from 1835 as agent of the East India Company. Out of a total 1,449 pages, 1,130 deal with Afghanistan [Oxford in Asia Historical Reprints, Karachi, 1974]. Conolly, Lieut. Arthur - "Journey to the North of India, Overland from England, Through Russia, Persia and Afghanistan", 2 vols (London, 1834; 2nd edition, London, 1838), talks about a journey in 1829-30 through northern Persia, Transcaspia, Herat, and Quetta to India, by an Indian Army officer disguised as an Armenian merchant. The 1st edition is more complete. Wolff, Joseph - "Researches and Missionary Labours among the Jews, Mohammedans, and Other Sects, during his travels between the years 1831 and 1834", 2nd edition (London, 1835) is an Anglican clergyman's journal of his travels through Asia Minor, Persia, Transcaspia, Afghanistan, India, Yemen, and the Ethiopian and Arabian coasts of the Red Sea.
Out of a total 531 pages, the last 280 deal with his travels after leaving Afghanistan for India; perhaps half of the remainder deal with Transcaspia and Afghanistan [IDC microfiche]. Burnes, Lieut. Sir Alexander - "Travels into Bokhara" contains 3 vols (London, 1834). Coming from India, Burnes met Wolff, coming from Bukhara, in Kabul in 1832 [Oxford in Asia Historical Reprints, Karachi, 1973]. Id. - "Cabool: being a Personal Narrative of a Journey to, and Residence in that City, in the years 1836, 7 and 8" (London, 1842) [New Delhi, 2001]. Kaye, Sir John William - "History of the War in Afghanistan", 2 vols (London, 1851; revised and corrected edition, with some footnotes abridged, in 3 vols, London, 1857-58), presents a largely political history, using primary sources, of the period 1800-42, critical of British decisions, fair to Russia. Out of a total 1,350 pages, 284 are excellent for the Great Game between Britain and Russia, including a full account of Colonel Stoddart and Captain Conolly's mission to Bukhara and their execution there; 1st edition is preferable [Delhi, 1999; New Delhi, 2000].
Abbott, Major James - "Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow, and St. Petersburgh, during the Late Russian Invasion of Khiva", 2 vols, (London, 1843; 2nd edition with additions, London, 1856; 3rd edition, London, 1884), talks about the official visit to Khiva in 1840 by a then captain in the Indian army. Abbott started from Kandahar in fall 1839 during the First Anglo-Afghan War and visited Merv en route. Khanykov, N. V. - "Bokhara: Its Amir and Its People" (London, 1845) is by an orientalist, member of an embassy in 1841-42, sent in response to the emir's request for support against Britain; to no avail the embassy delivered London's appeal for the freeing of Stoddart and Conolly, being held as suspected spies; tr. of Russian edition, 1843. Wolff, Joseph - "Narrative of a Mission to Bokhara" contains 2 vols (London, 1845). Wolff revisited Bukhara in 1844 to determine the fate of Stoddart and Conolly, executed after the departure of the Russian embassy [Russia Observed Series, NY: Arno Press, 1970].
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  • Hardback | 3000 pages
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  • London, United Kingdom
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