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  1. says:

    It's a fabulous eastern action adventure full of the brave and resourceful British explorers and fighters confronting treacherous oriental despots as they maneuver to protect the jewel in the crown from another colonial power Hopkirk covers a vast swathe of history and territory from Russia's eastward expansion to Alaska to the Russo–Japanese War He does warn you early on that his goal is to be impartial but you can't tell a bit as you

  2. says:

    Peter Hopkirk's book; The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia is a great historical account and a very enjoyable book to read I

  3. says:

    In 1236 Mongol horsemen swept westward through Russia tying serfs to the Tartar yoke The Golden Horde would exact tribute until Ivan the Terrible defeated the khanates of Kazan and Astrakhan in the mid 1500's opening the

  4. says:

    This is a complete enough narrative history of the struggle between Russia and Britain for control of Central Asia So if you want the bare exciting outlines read here but don't expect analysis or deep thought on the issue What we have here is a particularly Tory version of imperial history all the British spies and agents are brave ingeniou

  5. says:

    An excellent book charting the rivalry between the British and the Russians in Central Asia from Peter the Great until Russia's disastrous defe

  6. says:

    Written in a style that is eminently appropriate for this story The Great Game is a good introductory book for understanding the struggle between Britain and Russia over Central Asia in the 19th C If you love Kim by Rudyard Kipling you will slobber over every page in this book And I have grown to LOVE Kim Took me a few decades but it's the shit Especially if you read it in a Comp Lit class analyzing the colonial discourse and the

  7. says:

    This is narrative history that can keep one enthralled from the first to the last page Cliches such as page turner apply No doubt the game itself can be discussed further new books published etc etc but who cares Hopkirk has written a book that had me looking at the maps researching the characters marking the bibliography for further literature to read What can one want A wonderful book

  8. says:

    Peter Hopkirk's excellent book The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia represents an extended tale of Silk Road spies Oriental despots cartographers enlisted by the Royal Geographic Society at times disguised as Afgh

  9. says:

    First things first it is an engaging read with just the correct amount of detail and narrative punchCovering a ti

  10. says:

    I liked this a lot although I think the relevance to events today has been overplayed a bit by some other reviewers it's better enjoyed as a stirring history than a political primerI knew a little about the Great Game before – that 19th century wrangling over Central Asia between Britain and Russia – but I hadn't appreciated before how mo

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review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB × Peter Hopkirk

When play first began the two rival empires lay nearly 2000 miles apart By the end some Russian outposts were within 20 miles of Indi. This is narrative history that can keep one enthralled from the first to the last page Cliches such as page turner apply No doubt the game itself can be discussed further new books published etc etc but who cares Hopkirk has written a book that had me looking at the maps researching the characters marking the bibliography for further literature to read What can one want A wonderful book

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The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia

For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia fought a secret war in the lonely pas. In 1236 Mongol horsemen swept westward through Russia tying serfs to the Tartar yoke The Golden Horde would exact tribute until Ivan the Terrible defeated the khanates of Kazan and Astrakhan in the mid 1500 s opening the way for expansion east through Siberia Peter the Great turned his gaze south through the Caucasus and Caspian towards Persia yet was thwarted by Nader Shah in 1735 In 1757 the British began major territorial gains in India The aspirations and apprehensions of these rival European empires became the Great Game played out in Central Asia during the 1800 sIn the late 18th century the British were concerned with Catherine the Great s expansion into Crimea but distracted by the rise of Napoleon The Russian defeat of the French in 1812 helped to end one concern but created another Threat of a Russian attack on India via Turkey and Tehran obsessed the British and a cold war Russophobia took hold Tsar Alexander I sent envoys to Khiva present day Uzbekistan to make allies and secure forward positions British probed passes of Afghanistan seeking similar advantage in Bukhara a neighboring kingdom on the Silk RoadA Russian treaty with the Ottoman Empire to control the Dardenelles Straight stoked paranoia in the 1830 s British intrigue in Kabul precipitated the disastrous Anglo Afghan War of the 1840 s The 1850 s Crimean War strained Russian relations with Britain The 1860 s US civil war raised Russian interests in Central Asian cotton and Tashkent was taken Soon Samarkand fell Spies like Frederick Burnaby rode to Khiva in the 1870 s Britain controlled the Suez Canal in the 1880 s while Russia layed rails in Central Asia Russians invaded Afghanistan in the 1890 s as did the British in early 1900 s TibetAuthor Peter Hopkirk culls from many period accounts He tells the stories of adventurers spies secret agents and provocateurs Geographical survey was a priority as much was unknown about the region Henry Pottinger in Muslim disuise explored from Baluchistan to Isfahan in 1810 He later played a leading role in the Opium War Treaty of Nanking and founding of Hong Kong Alexander Burnes who made an overland reconnaissance in 1831 traced the Indus River crossed the Khyber Pass to Kabul and became famous during his lifetime for the book Travels Into Bukhara Hopkirk was a late 20th century British writer perhaps best known for this work He began as a journalist on risky assignments in Africa and the Mideast Widely traveled he was a collector of Victorian books on the subjects he covered All of his works were about Central and South Asia covering eclectic topics such as archaeology in Xinjiang Bolshevik subversion in India and Kipling s sources of inspiration for Kim The history is anglocentric but takes a reasonable view towards other players The writing is unpretentious and clear if somewhat oversimplified and given to cliche at times The Black Painting until Ivan the Terrible defeated the khanates of Kazan and Astrakhan in the mid 1500 s opening the way for expansion east through Siberia Peter the Great turned his gaze south through the Caucasus and Caspian towards Persia yet was thwarted by Nader Shah in 1735 In 1757 the British began major territorial gains in India The aspirations and apprehensions of these rival European empires became the Great Game played out in Central Asia during the 1800 sIn the late 18th century the British were concerned with Catherine the Great s expansion into Crimea but distracted by the rise of Napoleon The Russian defeat of the French in 1812 helped to end one concern but created another Threat of a Russian attack on India via Turkey and Tehran obsessed the British and a cold war Russophobia took hold Tsar Alexander I sent envoys to Khiva present day Uzbekistan to make allies and secure forward positions British probed passes of Afghanistan seeking similar advantage in Bukhara a neighboring kingdom on the Silk RoadA Russian treaty with the Ottoman Empire to control the Dardenelles Straight stoked paranoia in the 1830 s British intrigue in Kabul precipitated the disastrous Anglo Afghan War of the 1840 s The 1850 s Crimean War strained Russian relations with Britain The 1860 s US civil war raised Russian interests in Central Asian cotton and Tashkent was taken Soon Samarkand fell Spies like Frederick Burnaby rode to Khiva in the 1870 s Britain controlled the Suez Canal in the 1880 s while Russia layed rails in Central Asia Russians invaded Afghanistan in the 1890 s as did the British in early 1900 s TibetAuthor Peter Hopkirk culls from many period accounts He tells the stories of adventurers spies secret agents and provocateurs Geographical survey was a priority as much was Fire and Desire unknown about the region Henry Pottinger in Muslim disuise explored from Baluchistan to Isfahan in 1810 He later played a leading role in the Opium War Treaty of Nanking and founding of Hong Kong Alexander Burnes who made an overland reconnaissance in 1831 traced the Indus River crossed the Khyber Pass to Kabul and became famous during his lifetime for the book Travels Into Bukhara Hopkirk was a late 20th century British writer perhaps best known for this work He began as a journalist on risky assignments in Africa and the Mideast Widely traveled he was a collector of Victorian books on the subjects he covered All of his works were about Central and South Asia covering eclectic topics such as archaeology in Xinjiang Bolshevik subversion in India and Kipling s sources of inspiration for Kim The history is anglocentric but takes a reasonable view towards other players The writing is The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox unpretentious and clear if somewhat oversimplified and given to cliche at times

review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB × Peter Hopkirk

Ses and deserts of Central Asia Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it The Great Game a phrase immortalized in Kipling's Kim. Written in a style that is eminently appropriate for this story The Great Game is a good introductory book for understanding the struggle between Britain and Russia over Central Asia in the 19th C If you love Kim by Rudyard Kipling you will slobber over every page in this book And I have grown to LOVE Kim Took me a few decades but it s the shit Especially if you read it in a Comp Lit class analyzing the colonial discourse and the unforgivable cries of colonialism If that s you give Kim a chance Written by someone who grew up in Anglo India I think you ll find it extraordinarily insightful despite the presence of the ponderous and stylistically stilted British Empire But back to the style of the Great Game Peter Hopkirk is a very masterful writer for sure but for this story he manages to write the history in the totally anachronistic rip roarin style that you find in colonial adventure stories late Victorian colonial adventure Basically it s fun to read in the way that Gunga Din is fun to watch Plus it incorporates classic spy novel style as wellThe history he s trying to relate is in no way compromised by this writing style In fact by using this style he takes an important tack that makes the book really sing By using that Victorian colonial adventure style he gets you in the heads of the Brits and Russinas who were in that day reading all of this rip and run super adventure stuff It s really hard to understand the mentality of British soldiers in the late 19th Century or even in WWI without recognizing that all of those guys grew up reading colonial adventure stories which were very much like the Wild West novels of that day Think mid 40sWB cartoons if you re an American of a certain age They re so out of style now that it s hard for me to provide an example I keep thinking Karl May who was a German writer who wrote all kinds of thrilling Indian Jones type adventures set in locales that were exotic to a European the American Wild West India Africa Arabia cf Lawrence he read them too China and Central Asia Anyway I admire the ability of an author to pull the reader back in to the minds of their protagonists and their contemporaries Plus this style makes the book read like a cheap titillating novel This is one fast read considering the breadth of the workA bit about the content of the book might be useful after all of my bombination on style The Great Game relates the history of the struggle between the British Empire and the Russian Empire over the strongholds of Central Asia Basically this was an imperialist struggle It wasn t a race for oil yet The Brits had a ton of colonies the jewel of which was the Raj As the Russians made attempts to grab parts of Central Asia the Brits freaked out over the safety of their sacred cow and engaged in a very entertaining deadly and technical spy game with the Russians to infiltrate and map these unknown regions and try to ingratiate themselves with the local leaders Hopkirk describes this struggle from its nascence in Alexander I s triumph over Napoleon to the decline of Russia after the Russo Japanese War While Russia was intent on expanding its empire into Central Asia Britain was trying very hard to keep India British so they were on full alert to any Russian incursions into Central Asia And they were keeping a third eye out for any kingdoms they could snatch up with promises of Victorian infrastructural progress You ll enjoy visualizing manifestations of Victorian progress the steam train the telegraph perhaps the Enfield Gun when you re reading of the fate of Arthur Conolly repeatedly peripatetically successful in all exploration and espionage sorties a BIG PLAYA in the Game when he wears out the welcome of the Emir of Bukhara or was it ueen Victoria who wore out his welcomeConolly and Stoddart whose plight had been all but forgotten in the wake of the Kabul catastrophe were he reported both dead It had happened he said back in June when Britain s reputation as a power to be feared in Central Asia was at rock bottom Furious at receiving no reply to his personal letter to ueen Victoria and no longer worried by any fear of retribution the Emir of Bokhara had ordered the two Englishmen then enjoying a brief spell of freedom to be seized and thrown back in prison A few days later they had been taken from there with their hands bound and led into the great suare before the Ark or citadel where stood the Emir s palace What followed next the Persian swore he had learned from the Executioner s own lips First while a silent crowd looked on the two British officers were made to dig their own graves Then they were ordered to kneel down and prepare for death Colonel Stoddart after loudly denouncing the tyranny of the Emir was the first to be beheaded Next the executioner turned to Conolly and informed him that the Emir had offered to spare his life if he would renounce Christianity and embrace Islam Aware that Stoddart s forcible conversion had not saved him from imprisonment and death Conolly a devout Christian replied Colonel Stoddart has been a Musselman for three years and you have killed him I will not become one and I am ready to die He then stretched out his neck for the executioner and a moment later his head rolled in the dust with that of his friendThe battle over Central Asia was fought primarily through spies And this is what makes it even thrilling All of this conflict was conducted by artists and inventors and intellectuals and con men far below the radar of the diplomats and politicians The men in charge were explorers spy masters and spies who had an incredible wealth of means before them They were map makers again cf Lawrence surveyors costume artists cross dressers hucksters and linguists Sometimes magicians witches and jewel connoisseurs and libertinesAlso super relevant for our time with the silent struggle for oil in Central Asia Every now and again one comes across an article about Central Asia but the coverage is hardly in proportion to the intensity of business political criminal and petro economical activity in that region There s a lot of unknown knowledge in this area and it s pretty fun to read about it before it s been totally containerizedHighly recommended for people who are trying to figure out why and how the US is in Afghanistan the whyhow of the Soviet invasion in 1980 the upcoming Great Game in Ira Afghanistan Georgia Turkistan Uzbekistan A Cowboy Christmas understanding the struggle between Britain and Russia over Central Asia in the 19th C If you love Kim by Rudyard Kipling you will slobber over every page in this book And I have grown to LOVE Kim Took me a few decades but it s the shit Especially if you read it in a Comp Lit class analyzing the colonial discourse and the Comfort of a Man unforgivable cries of colonialism If that s you give Kim a chance Written by someone who grew Husband From 9 To 5 up in Anglo India I think you ll find it extraordinarily insightful despite the presence of the ponderous and stylistically stilted British Empire But back to the style of the Great Game Peter Hopkirk is a very masterful writer for sure but for this story he manages to write the history in the totally anachronistic rip roarin style that you find in colonial adventure stories late Victorian colonial adventure Basically it s fun to read in the way that Gunga Din is fun to watch Plus it incorporates classic spy novel style as wellThe history he s trying to relate is in no way compromised by this writing style In fact by The Bonny Bride using this style he takes an important tack that makes the book really sing By The Beleaguered Lord Bourne (Regency Trilogy, using that Victorian colonial adventure style he gets you in the heads of the Brits and Russinas who were in that day reading all of this rip and run super adventure stuff It s really hard to Bending the Rules (Sisterhood Diaries, understand the mentality of British soldiers in the late 19th Century or even in WWI without recognizing that all of those guys grew Hope Street up reading colonial adventure stories which were very much like the Wild West novels of that day Think mid 40sWB cartoons if you re an American of a certain age They re so out of style now that it s hard for me to provide an example I keep thinking Karl May who was a German writer who wrote all kinds of thrilling Indian Jones type adventures set in locales that were exotic to a European the American Wild West India Africa Arabia cf Lawrence he read them too China and Central Asia Anyway I admire the ability of an author to pull the reader back in to the minds of their protagonists and their contemporaries Plus this style makes the book read like a cheap titillating novel This is one fast read considering the breadth of the workA bit about the content of the book might be Burkes Christmas Surprise useful after all of my bombination on style The Great Game relates the history of the struggle between the British Empire and the Russian Empire over the strongholds of Central Asia Basically this was an imperialist struggle It wasn t a race for oil yet The Brits had a ton of colonies the jewel of which was the Raj As the Russians made attempts to grab parts of Central Asia the Brits freaked out over the safety of their sacred cow and engaged in a very entertaining deadly and technical spy game with the Russians to infiltrate and map these A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, unknown regions and try to ingratiate themselves with the local leaders Hopkirk describes this struggle from its nascence in Alexander I s triumph over Napoleon to the decline of Russia after the Russo Japanese War While Russia was intent on expanding its empire into Central Asia Britain was trying very hard to keep India British so they were on full alert to any Russian incursions into Central Asia And they were keeping a third eye out for any kingdoms they could snatch Just Wars and Moral Victories up with promises of Victorian infrastructural progress You ll enjoy visualizing manifestations of Victorian progress the steam train the telegraph perhaps the Enfield Gun when you re reading of the fate of Arthur Conolly repeatedly peripatetically successful in all exploration and espionage sorties a BIG PLAYA in the Game when he wears out the welcome of the Emir of Bukhara or was it Two Paradigms for Divine Healing ueen Victoria who wore out his welcomeConolly and Stoddart whose plight had been all but forgotten in the wake of the Kabul catastrophe were he reported both dead It had happened he said back in June when Britain s reputation as a power to be feared in Central Asia was at rock bottom Furious at receiving no reply to his personal letter to Kenget e Milosaos ueen Victoria and no longer worried by any fear of retribution the Emir of Bokhara had ordered the two Englishmen then enjoying a brief spell of freedom to be seized and thrown back in prison A few days later they had been taken from there with their hands bound and led into the great suare before the Ark or citadel where stood the Emir s palace What followed next the Persian swore he had learned from the Executioner s own lips First while a silent crowd looked on the two British officers were made to dig their own graves Then they were ordered to kneel down and prepare for death Colonel Stoddart after loudly denouncing the tyranny of the Emir was the first to be beheaded Next the executioner turned to Conolly and informed him that the Emir had offered to spare his life if he would renounce Christianity and embrace Islam Aware that Stoddart s forcible conversion had not saved him from imprisonment and death Conolly a devout Christian replied Colonel Stoddart has been a Musselman for three years and you have killed him I will not become one and I am ready to die He then stretched out his neck for the executioner and a moment later his head rolled in the dust with that of his friendThe battle over Central Asia was fought primarily through spies And this is what makes it even thrilling All of this conflict was conducted by artists and inventors and intellectuals and con men far below the radar of the diplomats and politicians The men in charge were explorers spy masters and spies who had an incredible wealth of means before them They were map makers again cf Lawrence surveyors costume artists cross dressers hucksters and linguists Sometimes magicians witches and jewel connoisseurs and libertinesAlso super relevant for our time with the silent struggle for oil in Central Asia Every now and again one comes across an article about Central Asia but the coverage is hardly in proportion to the intensity of business political criminal and petro economical activity in that region There s a lot of Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (220-589 Ad) unknown knowledge in this area and it s pretty fun to read about it before it s been totally containerizedHighly recommended for people who are trying to figure out why and how the US is in Afghanistan the whyhow of the Soviet invasion in 1980 the At Europes Borders upcoming Great Game in Ira Afghanistan Georgia Turkistan Uzbekistan