9781568360225

The Great Game

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    9781568360225

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    1568360223

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1994-05-15
  • Publisher: Kodansha Globe

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Summary

Peter Hopkirk's spellbinding account of the great imperial struggle for supremacy in Central Asia has been hailed as essential reading with that era's legacy playing itself out today. The Great Game between Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia was fought across desolate terrain from the Caucasus to China, over the lonely passes of the Parmirs and Karakorams, in the blazing Kerman and Helmund deserts, and through the caravan towns of the old Silk Road-both powers scrambling to control access to the riches of India and the East. When play first began, the frontiers of Russia and British India lay 2000 miles apart; by the end, this distance had shrunk to twenty miles at some points. Now, in the vacuum left by the disintegration of the Soviet Union, there is once again talk of Russian soldiers "dipping their toes in the Indian Ocean." The Washington Post has said that "every story Peter Hopkirk touches is totally engrossing." In this gripping narrative he recounts a breathtaking tale of espionage and treachery through the actual experiences of its colorful characters. Based on meticulous scholarship and on-the-spot research, this is the history at the core of today's geopolitics.

Author Biography


PETER HOPKIRK is the author of Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire, Trespassers on the Roof of the World: The Race for Lhasa, and two other books. A staff writer for The Times of London for nineteen years, five as its chief reporter, he is a Middle and Far East specialist.

Table of Contents

Maps
xi(2)
Illustrations
xiii(2)
Foreword xv(4)
Acknowledgements xix
Prologue 1(8)
THE BEGINNINGS 9(112)
1. The Yellow Peril
11(13)
2. Napoleonic Nightmare
24(14)
3. Rehearsal for the Great Game
38(19)
4. The Russian Bogy
57(12)
5. All Roads Lead to India
69(8)
6. The First of the Russian Players
77(12)
7. A Strange Tale of Two Dogs
89(10)
8. Death on the Oxus
99(10)
9. The Barometer Falls
109(12)
THE MIDDLE YEARS 121(172)
10. `The Great Game'
123(12)
11. Enter `Bokhara' Burnes
135(18)
12. The Greatest Fortress in the World
153(12)
13. The Mysterious Vitkevich
165(10)
14. Hero of Herat
175(13)
15. The Kingmakers
188(14)
16. The Race for Khiva
202(11)
17. The Freeing of the Slaves
213(17)
18. Night of the Long Knives
230(13)
19. Catastrophe
243(14)
20. Massacre in the Passes
257(13)
21. The Last Hours of Conolly and Stoddart
270(11)
22. Half-time
281(12)
THE CLIMACTIC YEARS 293(234)
23. The Great Russian Advance Begins
295(11)
24. Lion of Tashkent
306(15)
25. Spies Along the Silk Road
321(18)
26. The Feel of Cold Steel Across His Throat
339(16)
27. `A Physician from the North'
355(10)
28. Captain Burnaby's Ride to Khiva
365(19)
29. Bloodbath at the Bala Hissar
384(18)
30. The Last Stand of the Turcomans
402(16)
31. To the Brink of War
418(12)
32. The Railway Race to the East
430(17)
33. Where Three Empires Meet
447(18)
34. Flashpoint in the High Pamirs
465(18)
35. The Race for Chitral
483(19)
36. The Beginning of the End
502(11)
37. End-game
513(14)
Bibliography 527(16)
Index 543

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