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10 thoughts on “The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia

  1. says:

    It's a fabulous eastern action adventure full of the brave and resourceful British explorers and fighters confront

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

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    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 C

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    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 excit

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    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 hazardous region on behalf of their respective governments Slowly the region was absorbed by the imperial powers with many a disastrous mishap o

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    Written in a style that is eminently appropriate for this story The Great Game is a good introductory book for understanding the struggle betw

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    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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    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 disguis

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

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    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 b

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Summary ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ 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. 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 hazardous region on behalf of their respective governments Slowly the region was absorbed 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 history of imperial interference in this area

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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 his readersHowever what took me aback was the language and propaganda used throughout the book which is suitable for something written in the 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 women handed 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 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 a historian specializing in these subjectsIt appears that Hopkirk 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 termed human 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 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 of history should be critically re looked at Hopkirk does a serious misjudgment here because this book serves as a salve to Western readers who still think that Europeans did a jolly good job with their Empires as is evident in this book s popularity right here on Goodreads It also doesn t help that Peter Hopkirk unabashedly hero 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 has distinctly one dimensional and outdated views

Summary ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Peter Hopkirk

For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia fought a secret war in the lonely pas. 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 read A compelling narrative with fantastic material I don t know why easterns aren t popular

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