The Great Game

The Great Game : On Secret Service in High Asia

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The "Great Game" was an imperial, political, diplomatic, and military enterprise in which intrepid individuals played for high stakes in a struggle that stretched from the Causasus in the West to Chinese Turkestan and Tibet in the East. The prize was British India. When play first began, the frontiers of Russia and India lay some 2000 miles apart; by the end, the gap had reduced in some places to just 20 miles. Officers on either side, disguised as holy men and horse traders, or advancing in full uniform, delighted in the play as they sought to learn enemy positions, befriend powerful khans, or discover vital secrets. This book should appeal to those interested in espionage and diplomacy, the history of "High Asia" in Victorian period and superpower relations.
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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 34mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8 pp black and white plates, 5 maps, bibliography
  • 0192827995
  • 9780192827999

Table of contents

Part 1 The beginnings: the yellow peril; Napoleonic nightmare; rehearsal for the great game; the Russian boy; all roads lead to India; the first of the Russian players; death on the Oxus; the barometer falls. Part 2 The middle years: "the Great Game"; enter "Bokhara" Burnes; the greatest fortress in the world; the mysterious Vitkevich; hero of Herat; the kingmakers; the race for Khiva; the freeing of the slaves; night of the long knives; catastrophe; massacre in the passes; the last hours of Connolly and Stoddart; half-time. Part 3 The climatic years: the great Russian advance begins; lion of Tashkent; spies along the silk road; the feel of cold steel across his throat; "a physician from the North"; Captain Burnaby's ride to Bala Hissar; the last strand of the Turcomans; to the brink of war; the railway race to the East; where three empires meet; flashpoint in the High Pamirs; the race for Chitral; the beginning of the end; end-game.
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