Setting the East Ablaze

Setting the East Ablaze : On Secret Service in Bolshevik Asia

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Peter Hopkirk's book tells for the first time the story of the Bolshevik attempt between the wars to set the East ablaze with the new gospel of Marxism. Lenin's dream was to liberate the whole of Asia, but his starting point was British India. A shadowy, undeclared war followed. Among the players in this new Great Game were British Indian intelligence officers and the professional revolutionaries of the Communist International. There were also Muslim visionaries and Chinese warlords - as well as a White Russian baron who roasted his Bolshevik captives alive. Here is an extraordinary tale of intrigue and treachery, barbarism and civil war, whose echoes continue to be heard in Central Asia today.
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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp halftone plates
  • 0192802127
  • 9780192802125

Table of contents

Prologue; 1. 'An Absolutely First-Class Man...'; 2. The Strange Adventures of a Butterfly Collector; 3. Bailey Vanishes; 4. The Executioner; 5. Hunted; 6. Bailey Joins the Soviet Secret Service; 7. 'To Set the East Ablaze'; 8. 'The Army of God'; 9. The Bloody Baron; 10. 'An Avenue of Gallows'; 11. The Last Stand of Enver Pasha; 12. Curzon's Ultimatum; 13. 'Squeezed Out Like a Lemon'; 14. Skulduggery on the Silk Road; 15. A Lady Vanishes; 16. The Last of the Central Asian Dreamers; 17. The New Bogy-Men of the East; 18. The East Fails to Ignite; Bibliography of Principal Sources; Index
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