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Author Hopkirk, Peter.

Title The great game : the struggle for empire in central Asia / Peter Hopkirk.

Imprint New York : Kodansha International, 1992.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  320.958 H777g 1992    ---  Available
Description xxiv, 565 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 527-542) and index.
Note "Half-mad Russian czar Paul I dispatched an invasion force to India in 1801. It was hastily recalled upon his assassination. But 70 years later a succession of ambitious czars had crushed the Muslim peoples of Central Asia, and confident St. Petersburg again cast a covetous eye southward on India. Fearing a Russian invasion, the British rulers of India sent English spies disguised as holy men to find out what the Russians were up to. In 1880, after bloody fighting, the British eradicated Russian influence in Afghanistan and established a buffer state. The Great Game, as the Anglo-Russian struggle in Central Asia was called, unfolds in Hopkirk's intricate narrative as an incredible tale of high adventure and political intrigue, conveyed here through the exploits of Cossacks, Muslim guerrillas, courageous travelers, spies, mapmakers and soldiers. The Great Game ended in 1907 with an Anglo-Russian pact."
Summary The Great Game, a deadly struggle in the last century between secret agents of the two superpowers--Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia--has once again become ominously topical, as a new power struggle begins in Central Asia.
Subject Asia, Central -- Politics and government.
Asia, Central -- Relations -- Soviet Union.
Soviet Union -- Relations -- Asia, Central.
Asia, Central -- Relations -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Relations -- Asia, Central.
ISBN 4770017030

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