The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - 562 стор.
For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth - Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia - fought a secret war in the lonely passes and deserts of Central Asia. Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it 'The Great Game', a phrase immortalized in Kipling's Kim. When play firstbegan the two rival empires lay nearly 2,000 miles apart. By the end, some Russian outposts were within 20 miles of India. This book tells the story of the Great Game through the exploits of the young officers, both British and Russian, who risked their lives playing it. Disguised as holy men or native horsetraders, they mapped secret passes, gathered intelligence, and sought the allegiance of powerful khans. Some neverreturned.
 

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The phrase ‘The Great Game’ has been immortalised through Rudyard Kipling’s novel Kim. The eponymous young protagonist becomes a vital link in the intelligence network developed by the British ... Читати огляд повністю

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Although the expression was popularized by Kipling in Kim, it was actually coined by Captain Arthur Conolly – who ended up losing his own version, beheaded in 1842, with Colonel Charles Stoddart, in ... Читати огляд повністю

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Prologue
1
THE BEGINNINGS
9
The Yellow Peril
11
Napoleonic Nightmare
24
Rehearsal for the Great Game
38
The Russian Bogy
57
All Roads Lead to India
69
The First of the Russian Players
77
Massacre in the Passes
257
The Last Hours of Connolly and Stoddart
270
Halftime
281
THE CLIMACTIC YEARS
293
The Great Russian Advance Begins
295
Lion of Tashkent
306
Spies Along the Silk Road
321
The Feel of Cold Steel Across His Throat
339

A Strange of Two Dogs
89
Death on the Oxus
99
The Barometer Falls
109
THE MIDDLE YEARS
121
The Great Game
123
Enter Bokhara Burnes
135
The Greatest Fortress in the World
153
The Mysterious Vitkevich
165
Hero of Herat
175
The Kingmakers
188
The Race for Khiva
202
The Freeing of the Slaves
213
Night of the Long Knives
230
Catastrophe
243
A Physician from the North
355
Captain Burnabys Ride to Khiva
365
Bloodbath at the Bala Hissar
384
The Last Stand of the Turcomans
402
To the Brink of War
418
The Railway Race to the East
430
Where Three Empires Meet
447
Flashpoint in the High Pamirs
465
The Race for Chitral
483
The Beginning of the End
502
Endgame
513
Bibliography
525
Index
541
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Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely over many years in the regions where his six books are set - Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. Before turning full-time author, he was an ITN reporter and newscaster for two years, the New York correspondent ofthe Daily Express, and worked for nearly twenty years on TheTimes: five as its chief reporter, and latterly as a Middle andd Far East specialist. In the 1950s he edited the West African news magazine Drum, sister-paper to its legendary South African namesake. Before entering Fleet Street he servedas a subaltern in the King's African Rifles - in the same battalion as lance-corporal Idi Amin, later to emerge as the Ugandan tyrant. No stranger to misadventure, Hopkirk has twice been held in secret police cells - in Cuba and the Middle East - and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. Hisworks have been translated into thirteen languages.

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