The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha Globe)

The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha Globe) Author Peter Hopkirk
ISBN-10 1568360223
ISBN-13 9781568360225
Year 1992-05-15
Pages 564
Language English
Publisher Kodansha International
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THE GREATGAME THE EPIC STORY BEHIND TODAY S HEADLINES Peter Hopkirk s spellbinding account of the great imperial struggle for supremacy in Central Asoa has been hailed as essential reading with that era s legacy playing itself out today The Great Game between Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia was fought across desolate terrain from the Caucasus to China over the lonely passes of the Parmirs and Karakorams in the blazing Kerman and Helmund deserts and through the caravan towns of the old Silk Road both powers scrambling to control access to the riches of India and the East When play first began the frontiers of Russia and British India lay 2000 miles apart by the end this distance had shrunk to twenty miles at some points Now in the vacuum left by the disintegration of the Soviet Union there is once again talk of Russian soldiers dipping their toes in the Indian Ocean The Washington Post has said that every story Peter Hopkirk touches is totally engrossing In this gripping narrative he recounts a breathtaking tale of espionage and treachery through the actual experiences of its colorful characters Based on meticulous scholarship and on the spot research this is the history at the core of today s geopolitics

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