On Secret Service East of Constantinople

On Secret Service East of Constantinople : The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire

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Under the banner of a Holy War, masterminded in Berlin and unleashed from Constantinople, the Germans and the Turks set out in 1914 to foment violent revolutionary uprisings against the British in India and the Russians in Central Asia. It was a new and more sinister version of the old Great Game, with world domination as its ultimate aim. German hawks dreamed of driving the British out of India and creating a vast new Teutonic empire in the East, using their Turkish ally as a springboard. At the same time Turkey's leaders aimed to free the Muslim peoples of Central Asia from the Tsarist yoke - and rule them themselves as part of a new Ottoman empire. The shadowy and often bloody struggle which followed was fought out between the intelligence services of King, Kaiser, Sultan and Tsar. It was to spill over into Persia, Afghanistan, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and be felt as far afield as the United States and China. It was around this colossal conspiracy that John Buchan wove his immortal spy story Greenmantle.
Here, told in epic detail and for the first time, is the extraordinary story of the Turco-German jihad of the First World War, recounted through the adventures and misadventures of the secret agents and others who took part in it. Pieced together from the secret intelligence reports of the day and the long-forgotten memoirs of the participants, Peter Hopkirk's latest narrative is an enthralling sequel to his best-selling The Great Game, and his three earlier works set in Central Asia. It is also highly topical in view of recent events in this volatile region where the Great Game has never really ceased. The rise of Islamic fundamentalism and fears of a resurgent Russia and Germany add greatly to its significance.
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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 36mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp b&w plates, maps
  • 0192802305
  • 9780192802309

Table of contents

Illustrations; Acknowldegements; Maps; Prologue; A PLACE IN THE SUN; 'Deutschland uber Allah!'; 'Like Some Hidden Fire'; Kaiser Wilhelm's Holy War; The Great Indian Conspiracy; Enver Pasha's Bombshell; THE GERMAN LAWRENCE; The Race for Kabul; Niedermayer's Bluff; Audience with the Emir; Wassmuss Pounces; The Christmas Day Plot; The Storming of Erzerum; The Million-Pound Bribe; The Tide Begins to Turn; THE GREAT RUSSIAN COLLAPSE; Caucasian Powder Keg; Bloodbath in Baku; Captain Noel's Bizarre Adventure; Alone Among the Bolsheviks; The Plot; The Battle for Baku; 'Streets Running with Blood'; The Death Train; Teague-Jones Disappears; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index
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