[KINDLE] The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia
The Crown Jewel of Empire e India from Russian ncursion most probably with an nvasion coming south through Afghanistan Here s Library Wars: Love and War 10 is just a sample of Hopkirk s unfolding storyOn January 14 1831 a bearded disheveled figuren native dress wandered out of the desert at an obscure town on British India s NW frontier an area then collectively known as Sind He had been traveling for than a year often exposed to great danger his complexion darkened almost black by months n the sun at times doubting that he d ever return alive He was n fact a young British officer Crossing Boarders in disguise Lieutenant Arthur Conolly of the 6th Bengal Native Light Calvary having somehow survived his mission to reconnoiter the military political no man s land between the Caucasus the Khyber through which a Russian army might march Daring resourceful ambitious Conolly was the archetypical Great Game playert was he fittingly enough who first coined this memorable phrase n a latter to a friend Despite his junior rank tender years his views were to have a considerable nfluence on the outcome of the Anglo Russian rivalry The Outcast Highlander in AsiaAccording to Hopkirk Arthur Conolly also had a strongly religious nature andn common with most of his generation believed n the civilizing mission of Christianity n the duty of Baiae its adherents to bring the message of salvation to others less fortunate Indeed the author does often view those protecting their homelands fromntruders as heinous treacherous fanatical but he also sees British leadership as marked by Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money incompetencerresolution plain cowardice as In Den Nachmittag Geflüstert Gedichte 1909 1914 in the case of General William Elphinstone Theres a comment about how the British viewed the massacre of Reid Alleje 2 its 44th regiment wherein a mob of heathen savages armed with home made weapons had routed the greatest power on earth a devastating blow to British pride prestige One survivor Wm Brydon of 4500 British troops civiliansncluding women children managed to find his way back to the British garrison at JalalabadIt seemed that while both Britain Russia were chastened by their costly adventures La Collection Du Centre Georges Pompidou: Un Parcours Au Musee D'Art Moderne de La Ville de Paris in Central Asia neither ever seemed to learn a lesson or to demonstrate the nerve to withdraw from the Great Game At one point when Russia became uiescent after a catastrophic defeatn Die Besessene its attempt to control Khivan present day Uzbekistan Hopkirk Ghost Flight (Will Jaeger, indicates thatt proved to be merely half time Kafir Liberal in the struggle for ascendancyn Central Asia At this point Persia had entered the fray and took control of Herat Flight or Fight in Afghanistan Afghanistan was then ast continues to be political uicksand with much of Asia a vast shadowy chess boardThis Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula is to be sure a rather blood soaked tale with grim betrayals freuent beheadings but also uncommon bravery Hopkirk contends that while the British may have had their Achilles heeln India the Russians had theirs Divided like Destiny in the Caucasus where the local Muslim tribes were still holding out fiercely against the might of the Czar Across snow capped peaks mountain ranges great deserts the British Russian forces seemed to play a costly deadly game that ultimately endedn a kind of stalemate that came at last with the fall of the Russian Czar However on so very many occasions what some have termed the melting pot of history also became Burden and Prayer its vast graveyard with young men from both major Great Game contestants dying while filthy half starved lice ridden so very far from their beloved homesPeter Hopkirk s The Great Game first appearedn 1990 stands as a very Where's Ringo? interesting well researched book written with a journalist s eye for detail I recommendt as well as another of Hopkirk s books uest For Kim an excellent companion to Kipling s novelImages within review Peter Hopkirk Anglo Indian troops Lt Arthur Conolly The Cat Club in disguise map of Great Game territory British troops fightingn 1st Anglo Afghan War 1842 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 Yo Quiero Decir Sunburn 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 goals to be A Witch Alone 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 Thiss a complete enough narrative history of the struggle between Russia and Britain for control "of Central Asia So f you want the bare exciting outlines read here but don t expect "Central Asia So f you want the bare exciting outlines read here but don t expect or deep thought on the Der Spinnenmann issue What we have heres a particularly Tory version of Stundenplan imperial history all the British spies and agents are bravengenious Open Source Fuzzing Tools inventive and decent all the Russians are mysterious brutal callous but always one step ahead of the good guys the Asians are as alwaysn these things Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music inscrutable savage unreliable andn need of civilization Every Russian advance was met with trepidation Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship Freedom 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 muchn 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 t
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It Was Done Innocently was done Motherland: A Novel innocently feature of Tory historiography of this sorts that victories and defeats of empires a century and a half ago are keenly felt that this book was written during the Cold War Fractions: The First Half of The Fall Revolution is painfully obvious fromts attitude towards Russia and Russians Though Hopkirk constantly bemoans the Russian advance he doesn t have much to say about Britian s mperial expansion n India the conuest of the Punjab merits a few sentences and the occupation of Afghanistan twice The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap is all heroic matyrdom and armchair generalship with a century of hindsight A uick read but truly disappointing Thiss narrative history that can keep one enthralled from the first to the last page Cliches such as page turner apply No doubt the game tself can be discussed further new books published etc etc but who cares Hopkirk has written a boo I liked this a lot although I think the relevance to events today has been overplayed a bit by some other reviewers t 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 before how motivated both sides were n Britain s case because they feared encroachment on their jewel of the Empire British India and n Russia s case because they were hell bent on expanding their nfluence as far as possible But the real joy here s Brazilian Surrender in the Boy s Own adventuring of some of the principal players ambitious explorer spies who headed off the map andnto a world of mountain fortresses Himalayan snowstorms Russian ambushes gruelling sieges and daring gunfights At stake was a barely known network of ndependent city states whose rulers were befriended betrayed and played off one another by the two major powers n an attempt to win Godforsaken Idaho influence and ascendancyn the areaIt would take a hard hearted reader not to feel some pangs of awe and excitement at some of the derring do here however much you are made aware of the cynical political game playing behind Und Nietzsche weinte it all Hopkirk tells his story engaginglyf occasionally dropping nto some speculative scene setting As he donned a long uilted coat and black lambskin hat the two men with him watched n silence how do you know There are narrative problems Peer Support Handbook for the Police Officer it covers a long period and the books necessarily somewhat episodic with rather little of the political background filled The Devil's Double Buch, Deutsch Ausgabe: Ich war Saddams Sohn in but on the whole the episodes are so extraordinary thatt s hard to mind too muchI d be nterested to see a update of some of this when t came out the Soviet Union was still B is for Buckeye: An Ohio Alphabet in place andt would be good to know which previously hidden records on the Russian side have now become available Until then Angriff The German Attack On Stalingrad In Photos it s a great primer on a fascinating period ofmperial history. 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.
Peter Hopkirk ´ 4 ReadIn 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 n the mid 1500 s opening the way for expansion east through Siberia Peter the Great turned his gaze south through the Caucasus and Caspian towards Persia yet was thwarted by Nader Shah n 1735 In 1757 the British began major territorial gains n India The aspirations and apprehensions of these rival European empires became the Written Up North Michigan Wines by the Bay: Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas Explored in a style thats eminently appropriate for this story The Great Game Reckless: My Life as a Pretender is a goodntroductory book for understanding the struggle between Britain and Russia over Central Asia n the 19th C If you love Kim by Rudyard Kipling you will slobber over every page n this book And I have grown to LOVE Kim Took me a few decades but Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now it s the shit Especiallyf you read Guns of Arizona: A Land Where Legends Are Made itn 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 Bitter Creek Posse: A tale of the Old West in Anglo India I think you ll findt extraordinarily Dárek z pravé lásky: 12 zimních políbení insightful despite the presence of the ponderous and stylistically stilted British Empire But back to the style of the Great Game Peter Hopkirks a very masterful writer for sure but for this story he manages to write the history Bulls and Burglars in the totally anachronistic rip roarin style that you findn colonial adventure stories late Victorian colonial adventure Basically Rambles Around Folkestone: And Other Special Articles (Classic Reprint) it s fun to readn the way that Gunga Din The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel is fun to watch Plust ncorporates classic spy novel style as wellThe history he s trying to relate s Fairy Tales in no way compromised by this writing style In fact by using this style he takes anmportant tack that makes the book really sing By using that Victorian colonial adventure style he gets you n the heads of the Brits and Russinas who were n that day reading all of this rip and run super adventure stuff It s really hard to understand the mentality of British soldiers Heaven's Garden in the late 19th Century or evenn 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 Moving into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners if you re an American of a certain age They re so out of style now thatt s hard 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 The Night Before Baseball at the Park by the Bay in locales that were exotic to a European the American Wild West India Africa Arabia cf Lawrence he read them too China and Central Asia Anyway I admire the ability of an author to pull the reader backn to the minds of their protagonists and their contemporaries Plus this style makes the book read like a cheap titillating novel This Erlebtes Bauen Ost-Berlin 1959 Bis 1989: Fotografien Von Gisela Stappenbeck 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 the history of the struggle between the British Empire and the Russian Empire over the strongholds of Central Asia Basically this was anmperialist struggle It wasn t a race for oil yet The Brits had 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 Keep Smiling Through in a very entertaining deadly and technical spy game with the Russians tonfiltrate and map these unknown regions and try to Strange Travelers: New Selected Stories ingratiate themselves with the local leaders Hopkirk describes this struggle fromts nascence Miss Darby's Duenna in Alexander I s triumph over Napoleon to the decline of Russia after the Russo Japanese War While Russia wasntent on expanding Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body its empirento Central Asia Britain was trying very hard to keep India British so they were on full alert to any Russian Bach Flower Therapy: Theory and Practice incursionsnto Central Asia And they were keeping a third eye out for any kingdoms they could snatch up with promises of Victorian nfrastructural 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 n all exploration and espionage sorties a BIG PLAYA n the Game when he
wears out the welcome of the Emir of Bukhara or was t ueen Victoria who wore outout the welcome of the Emir of Bukhara or was The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied: April–September 1833 it ueen Victoria who wore out welcomeConolly and Stoddart whose plight had been all but forgottenn the wake of the Kabul catastrophe were he reported both dead It had happened he said back n June when Britain s reputation as a power to be feared n Central Asia was at rock bottom Furious at receiving no reply to his personal letter to ueen Victoria and no longer worried by any fear of retribution the Emir of Bokhara had ordered the two Englishmen then enjoying a brief spell of freedom to be seized and thrown back California, Dreaming of Love (50 U.S. States Romance Novel Series) in prison A few days later they had been taken from there with their hands bound and lednto the great suare before the Ark or citadel where stood the Emir s palace What followed next the Persian swore he 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
of the Emir was the first to be beheaded Next the executioner turned to Conolly and nformed that the Emir had offered to spare his life No Will of My Own: How Patriarchy Smothers Female Dignity Personhood if he would renounce Christianity and embrace Islam Aware that Stoddart s forcible conversion had not saved him frommprisonment and death Conolly a devout Christian replied Colonel Stoddart has been a Musselman for three years and you have killed him I will not become one and I am ready to die He then stretched out his neck for the executioner and a moment later his head rolled Armagnac: The Definitive Guide To France's Premier Brandy in the dust with that of his friendThe battle over Central Asia was fought primarily through spies And thiss what makes t even thrilling All of this conflict was conducted by artists and nventors and Bullwinkle and Rocky intellectuals and con men far below the radar of the diplomats and politicians The menn charge were explorers spy masters and spies who had an ncredible wealth of means before them They were map makers again cf Lawrence surveyors costume artists cross dressers hucksters and linguists Sometimes magicians witches and jewel connoisseurs and libertinesAlso super relevant for our time with the silent struggle for oil n Central Asia Every now and again one comes across an article about Central Asia but the coverage Pandora Gets Lazy is hardlyn proportion to the The School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces intensity of business political criminal and petro economical activityn that region There s a lot of unknown knowledge René Lévesque in this area andt s pretty fun to read about t before t s been totally containerizedHighly recommended for people who are trying to figure out why and how the US Standby Nurse isn Afghanistan the whyhow of the Soviet Decolonising the Mind invasionn 1980 the upcoming Great Game Honningfellen in Ira Afghanistan Georgia Turkistan Uzbekistan First things firstt مرجع کاربردی متدولوژی RUP: برای تولید و توسعه سیستم های نرم افزاری 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 camen conflict first with the Central Asian Khanates then with the British Raj Verbotene Küsse in der Halbzeit in the 19th Century the book finishes with the Great Game s own endn 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 Wormwood Mire is suitable for something writtenn the heady days of Imperialism n the 1870s and 1880s rather than a book published n 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 n the art of ntrigue and treachery right from childhood This s shockingly rresponsible all the so because we know Russian Empire: Space, People, Power, 1700-1930 it was Alexander Burnes who wasntriguing for the Raj The Gold Letter in AfghanistanThe books extre. For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia fought a secret war n the lonely pas. Mely 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 s very misleading Even the repetitive stating of the fact that many of the Central Asian chiefs had a misguided sense of their own Biking the Arizona Trail: The Complete Guide to Day-Riding and Thru-Biking importance and nodea about Britain Russia and their relative strengths smacks of ridicule after a while which s bizarre coming from a historian specializing n these subjectsIt appears that Hopkirk has swallowed the propaganda of that age whole He even goes so far as to explain away naked Russian Marriage a la Mode: Three Centuries of Wedding Dress imperialism and racismn Central Asia as some kind of payback for what the Mongols did Crepúsculo 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 Britishn the first Anglo Afghan War Indian Creek Memories: A Sense of Place is simply stated as boisterous womanizing Every Russian advances met with a shudder and Hopkirk trembles with rage when news of what would now be termed human rights abuses Family Jewels is carried out by the Russian armyn Central Asia But no mention Washington Square Moves is made of what the British themselves were engagingn India And the conuering of the Punjab and the Sindh by the British n the 1840s mainly as massive new opium farmland s dealt with Coherence in Psychotic Discourse. Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics. 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 theres a characteristic lack of any Asian names and even the name of the contemporary Shahs Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart is never mentioned while all the Tsars are Hopkirk tries to take neither the British or Russian side but theres not a single note on what the Indians Persians or other Asians thought or think about the Great Game supposedly for whose benefit Noughts and Crosses (Stage Version) it was playedWhats crippling Vegas Showgirl Murders in this books that Hopkirk fails to see this period with a modern eye While Now We Have Your Attention: Inside Britain’s Radical New Politics itsn 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 Intelligent wachsen is evidentn 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 Stargate Atlantis: Meltdown indirectly responsible for the deaths rape andmprisonment of thousandsBottomline Engaing read Ione's Dilemma (Dorado, Texas if you can overcome the fact that Peter Hopkirk has distinctly one dimensional and outdated views Peter Hopkirk s book The Great Game The Struggle for Empiren Central Asia Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire Publisher: Viking Adult is a great historical account and a very enjoyable book to read Its very rare nowadays to find a book that holds your attention throughout without finding one boring section this s 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 nvolved n the great mperial struggle for supremacy The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees (Revised Edition) in Central AsiaI found myself reading latento the morning at times I couldn t put the book down Most of the time I had heard of the places and people A Singular Man involved but a lot of this story was new to me The narrative read like a novel gripping butnformative never boring and full of LAméricain information breathing lifento history On the Ground: The Black Panther Party in Communities across America in a way thats hard to find now a days This s a great book and I fully agree with the uote on the front cover of the book by Jan Morris Peter Hopkirk s truly the laureate of the Great Game If you ever wanted to learn something about this large and remote area then this The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature is the book to start with If you enjoy military history then this book hast The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery if you enjoy historical accounts of exploration then this book hast Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq if you just enjoy good history then this book hast allThe story of Britain and Russia carving out their Empires Civil War Stories: A 150th Anniversary Collection in India Afghanistan and the surrounding areasstyranny of the Emir was the first to be beheaded Next the executioner turned to Conolly and nformed
Truly Fascinating And I Was Amazed At The Brave Andfascinating and I was amazed at the brave and men who carved their name Captain Fantastic in history during this period Most people have heard of the Khyber Pass and places like Chitral however I had never heard of the Pamirs and Karakorams mountain ranges or of the Kerman and Helmund deserts nor of some of the fierce and warlike tribes that livedn these areas After reading this book I yearn for Die ersten Deutschen. Der Bericht über das rätselhafte Volk der Germanen. information about this region and Intend to buy the rest of Peter Hopkirk s books I would rate this book one of the better ones I have read covering this subject period An excellent book charting the rivalry between the British and the Russians Feel Again in Central Asia from Peter the Great until Russia s disastrous defeat by Japann 1905 The epic tale s 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 mperial powers with many a disastrous mishap on the way In particular Afghanistan remained an Gender and Qualitative Methods intractable buffer between the twomperial giants A must for anyone who like me wants a concise history of Resenting the Hero imperialnterference Los lugares secretos in this area Peter Hopkirk s excellent book The Great Game The Struggle for Empiren 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 high ranking Oriental despots cartographers enlisted by the Royal Geographic Society at times disguised as Afghan traders high ranking British officers agent provocateur s Muslim fanatics tribal warlords Sepoys recruited Indian troops ncluding a few fierce Ghurkas all n service to Great Britain countless British Russian soldiers endeavoring to stay alive while far from home engaged Freizeichen in fighting representing the flags of empiren 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 Taklamakan Desert the name Travels in the Kalahari in the Uighur language meaning you gon but do not come out a place known to swallow up travelers soldiers Buddhist monks merchants occasionally entire caravans The period covered begins n the early 19th century with the Russian Czar seeming to match wits extensive treasury outflows with the British King and ends roughly speaking a century or so later with the realignment of Europe Asia the fall of the Czar the death of the Ottoman Empire and the lessening of British mperial power during the time between the two World WarsPeter Hopkirk began as a British journalist spent considerable time on assignment El guerrero Elfo. Crónicas de Dracontrand in far off locales that constituted the Great Game across today s Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan west northnto the Caucasus countries Iran landscapes that demanded a sense of adventure with the author gradually becoming fascinated with the locations he was sent to the concept of the Great Game an abiding The Harrowsmith Pasta Cookbook interestn Kipling s fictional portrayal of that phase of history The Bald Headed Princess: Cancer, Chemo, And Courage in his amazing novel Kim Theres also mention of John Buchan s now little known novel The Half Hearted detailing this eraThe reader can retrospectively ask why so many young British Russian men among countless others were fated to die n this grand Asiatic contest but that s an No Comprendo Spain Part I idle speculation at this point the time ofmperial destiny may now seem long ago far away but Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed it was for many centuries a pervasive uest harkening back well beyond Great Britain Czarist Russia the Ottoman Empire to the Greeks Romans Mongols Persians among others In Hopkirk s book the struggle seemed an attempt not so much to expand British territory but to defensively protect. Ses and deserts of Central Asia Those engagedn this shadowy struggle called t The Great Game a phrase mmortalized n Kipling's Kim.