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The great game : on secret service in high Asia

Author: Peter Hopkirk
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1991, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells the story of the "Great Game", the imperial, political, diplomatic and military operation in British India, stretching from the Caucasus in the west to Chinese Turkestan and Tibet in the east.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Hopkirk
ISBN: 0192827995 9780192827999
OCLC Number: 22767625
Notes: Originally published: London : John Murray, 1990.
Description: xiv, 562 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 20 cm
Contents: Part 1 The beginnings: the yellow peril; Napoleonic nightmare; rehearsal for the great game; the Russian boy; all roads lead to India; the first of the Russian players; death on the Oxus; the barometer falls. Part 2 The middle years: "the Great Game"; enter "Bokhara" Burnes; the greatest fortress in the world; the mysterious Vitkevich; hero of Herat; the kingmakers; the race for Khiva; the freeing of the slaves; night of the long knives; catastrophe; massacre in the passes; the last hours of Connolly and Stoddart; half-time. Part 3 The climatic years: the great Russian advance begins; lion of Tashkent; spies along the silk road; the feel of cold steel across his throat; "a physician from the North"; Captain Burnaby's ride to Bala Hissar; the last strand of the Turcomans; to the brink of war; the railway race to the East; where three empires meet; flashpoint in the High Pamirs; the race for Chitral; the beginning of the end; end-game.
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