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G sieges and daring gunfights At stake was a barely known network of independent city states whose rulers were befriended betrayed and played off one another by the two major powers in an attempt to win influence and ascendancy in the areaIt would take a ard L'Estampe Japonaise hearted reader not to feel some pangs of awe and excitement at some of the derring doere Samantha An American Girl The American Girls CollectionBoxed Set however much you are made aware of the cynical political game playing behind it all Hopkirk tellsis story engagingly if occasionally dropping into some speculative scene setting As Letters of Rennyo he donned a long uilted coat and black lambskinat the two men with im watched in silence ow do you know There are narrative problems it covers a long period and the book is necessarily somewhat episodic with rather little of the political background filled in but on the whole the episodes are so extraordinary that it s Neophytes of the Stone hard to mind too muchI d be interested to see a update of some of this when it came out the Soviet Union was still in place and it would be good to know which previouslyidden records on the Russian side The Essential Neurosurgery Companion have now become available Until then it s a great primer on a fascinating period of imperialistory This is narrative Pour les nerveux : Le traitement simple et efficace du docteur Vittoz 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 Hopkirkas written a book that Altered States of Consciousness: Experiences Out of Time and Self had me looking at the maps researching the characters marking the bibliography for further literature to read What can one want A wonderful book This is a complete enough narrativeistory of the struggle between Russia and Britain for control of Central Asia So if you want the bare exciting outlines read Im Westen nichts Neues here but don t expect analysis or deep thought on the issue What weave 7 Secrets to Get your Prayers Answered here is a particularly Tory version of imperialistory all the British spies and agents are brave ingenious inventive and decent all the Russians are mysterious brutal callous but always one step ahead of the good guys the Asians are as always in these things inscrutable savage unreliable and in need of civilization Every Russian advance was met with trepidation in Delhi and London and Hopkirk too trembles with rage every time the damned Russians conuer another piece of Asia that rightfully belongs to Britain I was once accused by a professor of writing too much in the style and attitude of my subjects eighteenth century British administrators occasionally using and reflecting favourably their bigoted and elitist views without being aware of it Hopkirk too does this but I doubt it was done innocently A feature of Tory istoriography of this sort is that the victories and defeats of empires a century and a alf ago are keenly felt that this book was written during the Cold War is painfully obvious from its attitude towards Russia and Russians Though Hopkirk constantly bemoans the Russian advance Nikola Tesla for Kids: His Life, Ideas, and Inventions, with 21 Activities (For Kids series) he doesn tave much to say about Britian s imperial expansion in India the conuest of the Punjab merits a few sentences and the occupation of Afghanistan twice is all Pustahan Tayo Mahal Kita heroic matyrdom and armchair generalship with a century ofindsight A uick read but truly disappointing 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 istory and territory from Russia s eastward expansion to Alaska to the Russo Japanese War He does warn you early on that is goal is to be impartial but you can t tell a bit as you read A compelling narrative with fantastic material I don t know why easterns aren t popular 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 Afghan traders wild card Der Traum der ewigen Jugend in Zeiten der Post Apokalypse high ranking titled British officers agent provocateur s Muslim fanatics tribal warlords Sepoys recruited Indian troops including a few fierce Ghurkas all in service to Great Britain countless British Russian soldiers endeavoring to stay alive while far fromome engaged in fighting representing the flags of empire in places the names for which they often can barely pronounce In Hopkirk s book the reader also encounters place names that are redolent of adventure geographic uncertainty destinations like the Khyber Pass the Hindu Kush the Pamir Gap Kashgar Khiva Kandahar Kabul the Karakorum Pass and the Ta An excellent book charting the rivalry between the British and the Russians in Central Asia from Peter the Great until Russia s disastrous defeat by Japan in 1905 The epic tale is told through the adventures of the various soldiers explorers and thrill seekers who deployed to this vast unknown and azardous region on behalf of their respective governments Slowly the region was to this vast unknown and azardous region on behalf of their respective governments Slowly the region was by the imperial powers with many a disastrous mishap on the way In particular Afghanistan remained an intractable buffer between the two imperial giants A must for anyone who like me wants a concise Les Nombrils - Tome 5 - Un couple d'enfer (French Edition) history of imperial interference in this area Peter Hopkirk s book The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia is a greatistorical account and a very enjoyable book to read It is very rare nowadays to find a book that Tuntematon Kimi Räikkönen holds your attention throughout without finding one boring section this is one of those books In over 560 pages paperback edition Peter Hopkirk tells the amazing stories of a number of early British and Russian officers and men involved in the great imperial struggle for supremacy in Central AsiaI found myself reading late into the morning at times I couldn t put the book down Most of the time Iad Handbook of Primary Care Procedures (Orthopaedic Surgery Essentials) heard of the places and people involved but a lot of this story was new to me The narrative read like a novel gripping but informative never boring and full of information breathing life intoistory in a way that is ard to find now a days This is a great book and I fully agree with the uote on the front cover of the book by Jan

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Peter Hopkirk truly the laureate of the Great Game If you ever wanted to learn something about this large and remote area then this is the book to start with If you enjoy military The Fiddler in the Subway history then this bookas it if you enjoy Trumbull Park (Northeastern Library of Black Literature) historical accounts of exploration then this bookas it if you just enjoy good istory then this book as it allThe story of Britain and Russia carving out their Empires in India Afghanistan and the surrounding areas is truly fascinating and I was amazed at the brave and resourceful men who carved their name in Rve, cl de l'identit history during this period Most peopleave Exercices de style heard of the Khyber Pass and places like Chitralowever I Cemetery Planet I had nevereard of the Pamirs and Karakorams mountain ranges or of the Kerman and Helmund deserts nor of some of the fierce and warlike tribes that lived in these areas After reading this book I yearn for information about this region and I intend to buy the rest of Peter Hopkirk s books I would rate this book one of the better ones I ave read covering this subject perio. 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. First things first it is an engaging read with just the correct amount of detail and narrative punchCovering a time period right from the 16th Century when the Russians slowly started expanding eastwards and came in conflict first with the Central Asian Khanates then with the British Raj in the 19th Century the book finishes with the Great Game s own end in the beginning of the 20th Century when Japan beat the Russian Empire Hopkirk does a decent job of covering such a massive time span without getting too technical and boring is readersHowever what took me aback was the language and propaganda used throughout the book which is suitable for something written in the The Reluctant Heiress Lone Star Legacy heady days of Imperialism in the 1870s and 1880s rather than a book published in 1990 Consider for example when Hopkirk talks about the meeting between the British spydiplomatemissary Alexander Burnes later Sir Alexander and the Emir of Afghanistan Dost Mohammad Dost Mohammad being an Afghan prince was schooled in the art of intrigue and treachery right from childhood This is shockingly irresponsible all the so because we know it was Alexander Burnes who was intriguing for the Raj in AfghanistanThe book is extremely lopsided using loaded terms such as Asiatic despot and Oriental tyrant with depressing regularity and presenting all Asian rulers right from the Shah of Persia to the leader of the Sikhs to the Khans Emirs and chiefs of various kingdoms as corrupt venal and easily seduced by money trinkets and womenanded out to them by clever and resourceful Europeans While this was true of many of them to simply state this without exploring the kind of military political and even cultural and religious pressure that the Europeans could bring to bear is very misleading Even the repetitive stating of the fact that many of the Central Asian chiefs Les Osismes Peuple de l'Occident Gaulois had a misguided sense of their own importance and no idea about Britain Russia and their relative strengths smacks of ridicule after a while which is bizarre coming from aistorian specializing in these subjectsIt appears that Hopkirk L'Europe et le mythe de l'Occident has swallowed the propaganda of that age whole He even goes so far as to explain away naked Russian imperialism and racism in Central Asia as some kind of payback for what the Mongols did in Russia some four centuries earlier What next the Scramble for Africa was revenge for the trauma suffered by the Europeans thanks to Hannibal Similarly the well documented murder rape and pillaging carried out by the British in the first Anglo Afghan War is simply stated as boisterous womanizing Every Russian advance is met with a shudder and Hopkirk trembles with rage when news of what would now be termeduman rights abuses is carried out by the Russian army in Central Asia But no mention is made of what the British themselves were engaging in India And the conuering of the Punjab and the Sindh by the British in the 1840s mainly as massive new opium farmland is dealt with in a few short sentences While Hopkirk studiously mentions the various majors captains and lieutenants on both the British and Russian sides who Calvinists Incorporated Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier University of Chicago Geography Research Papers heroically laid down their lives there is a characteristic lack of any Asian names and even the name of the contemporary Shahs is never mentioned while all the Tsars are Hopkirk tries to take neither the British or Russian side but there is not a single note on what the Indians Persians or other Asians thought or think about the Great Game supposedly for whose benefit it was playedWhat is crippling in this book is that Hopkirk fails to see this period with a modern eye While it isn t necessary that all periods ofistory should be critically re looked at Hopkirk does a serious misjudgment ere because this book serves as a SALVE TO WESTERN READERS WHO STILL to Western readers who still that Europeans did a jolly good job with their Empires as is evident in this book s popularity right ere on Goodreads It also doesn t elp that Peter Hopkirk unabashedly ero worships uestionable characters such as Alexander Burnes who are directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths rape and imprisonment of thousandsBottomline Engaing read if you can overcome the fact that Peter Hopkirk Thank You God For Everything has distinctly one dimensional and outdated views 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 Iave 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 Dirla tutta sul mercato globale. Idee per un'economia mondiale assennata he manages to write theistory 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 Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing historye s trying to relate is in no way compromised by this writing style In fact by using this style e takes an important tack that makes the book really sing By using that Victorian Colonial Adventure Style colonial adventure style gets you in the eads of the Brits and Russinas who were in that day reading all of this rip and run super adventure stuff It s really The Gold's Gym Training Encyclopedia 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 sard 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 The Origin of Feces 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 theistory 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 ad 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 wi. For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia fought a secret war in the lonely pas. Th 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 ard 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 Guide to the Contemporary Harp he wears out the welcome of the Emir of Bukhara or was it ueen Victoria who wore outis welcomeConolly and Stoddart whose plight Plato and Parmenides: Parmenides' Way of Truth and Plato's Parmenides had been all but forgotten in the wake of the Kabul catastrophe weree reported both dead It Il metodo dell'ovulazione. Atlante hadappened With Krishna's Eyes 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 tois personal letter to ueen Victoria and no longer worried by any fear of retribution the Emir of Bokhara Investir dans l'or : le petit manuel pratique had ordered the two Englishmen then enjoying a brief spell of freedom to be seized and thrown back in prison A few days later theyad been taken from there with their Yoga in the Workplace hands bound and led into the great suare before the Ark or citadel where stood the Emir s palace What followed next the Persian sworee L'ORTHOGRAPHE FACILE - ORTHOGRAPHE D'USAGE, REGLES GRAMMATICALES, HOMONYMES, DICTIONNAIRE ORTHOGRAPHIQUE 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 informedim that the Emir Dictionnaire Le Robert de poche 2020 had offered to spareis life if The Mark of Cain he would renounce Christianity and embrace Islam Aware that Stoddart s forcible conversionad not saved Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque : St Seiya, tome 27 him from imprisonment and death Conolly a devout Christian replied Colonel Stoddartas been a Musselman for three years and you Found in Translation have killedim I will not become one and I am ready to die He then stretched out Folktales from the Moose of Burkina Faso his neck for the executioner and a moment lateris Jeou p'ou t'ouan ou la chair comme tapis de prire head rolled in the dust with that ofis 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 ad an incredible wealth of means before them They were map makers again cf Lawrence surveyors costume artists cross dressers ucksters 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 ardly 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 ow the US is in Afghanistan the whyhow of the Soviet invasion in 1980 the upcoming Great Game in Ira Afghanistan Georgia Turkistan Uzbekistan In 1236 Mongol Do No Harm 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 turnedis 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 elped to end Russian defeat of the French in 1812 elped to end concern but created another Threat of a Russian attack on India via Turkey and Tehran obsessed the British and a cold war Russophobia took old 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 "Anglo Afghan War of the 1840 s The 1850 s Crimean War strained Russian 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 is 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 Le tour du monde en uatre vingts jours he was a collector of Victorian books on the subjectse covered All of The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, 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 Theistory 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 I liked this a lot although I think the relevance to events today The Kindest Lie has been overplayed a bit by some other reviewers it s better enjoyed as a stirringistory 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 Uncivil Rites hadn t appreciated beforeow motivated both sides were in Britain s case because they feared encroachment on their jewel of the Empire British India and in Russia s case because they were Ethnic Minorities and the Media Issues in Cultural and Media Studies hell bent on expanding their influence as far as possible But the real joyere is in the Boy s Own adventuring of some of the principal players ambitious explorer spies who eaded off the map and into a world of mountain fortresses Himalayan snowstorms Russian ambushes gruellin. Ses and deserts of Central Asia Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it The Great Game a phrase immortalized in Kipling's Kim. ,
The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia