Peter Hopkirk Ç 1 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 in 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 in 1735 In 1757 the British began major territorial gains in India The aspirations and apprehensions of these Punk Pedagogies in Practice rival European empires became the Great Game played out in Central Asia during the 1800 sIn the late 18th century the British were concerned with Catherine the Great s expansion into Crimea but distracted by theise of Napoleon The Russian defeat of the French in 1812 helped to end one concern but created another Threat of a Russian attack on India via Turkey and Tehran obsessed the British and a cold war Russophobia to Written in a style that is eminently appropriate for this story The Great Game is a good introductory book for understanding the struggle between Britain and Russia over Central Asia in the 19th C If you love Kim by Rudyard Kipling you will slobber over every page in this book And I have grown to LOVE Kim Took me a few decades but it s the shit Especially if you ead it in 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 in Anglo India I think you ll find it extraordinarily insightful despite the presence of the ponderous and stylistically stilted British Empire But back to the style of the Great Game Peter Hopkirk is a very masterful writer for sure but for this story he manages to write the history in the totally anachronistic ip Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated roarin style that you find in colonial adventure stories late Victorian colonial adventure Basically it s fun toead in the way that Gunga Din is fun to watch Plus it incorporates classic spy novel style as wellThe history he s trying to elate is in no way compromised by this writing style In fact by using this style he takes an important tack that makes the book eally sing By using that Victorian colonial adventure style he gets you in the heads of the Brits and Russinas who were in that day Lauter alte Akten. Den von Formularen geplagten Zeitgenossen zum Trost, zur Belehrung und Erheiterung reading all of thisip and Cannibal Encounters: Europeans and Island Caribs, 1492–1763 run super adventure stuff It seally hard to understand the mentality of British soldiers in the late 19th Century or even in WWI without ecognizing that all of those guys grew up eading colonial adventure stories which were very much like the Wild West novels of that day Think mid 40sWB cartoons if you Berlin Cabaret re an American of a certain age Theye so out of style now that it 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 in locales that were exotic to a European the American Wild West India Africa Arabia cf Lawrence he Ragana ir lietus read them too China and Central Asia Anyway I admire the ability of an author to pull theeader back in to the minds of their protagonists and their contemporaries Plus this style makes the book Beasts and Savages read like a cheap titillating novel This is one fastead 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 elates the history of the struggle between the British Empire #And The Russian Empire Over The Strongholds # the Russian Empire over the strongholds Central Asia Basically this was an imperialist struggle It wasn t a ace 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 in a very entertaining deadly and technical spy game with the Russians to infiltrate and map these unknown The Future of the Public University in America: Beyond the Crossroads regions and try to ingratiate themselves with the local leaders Hopkirk describes this struggle from its nascence in Alexander I s triumph over Napoleon to the decline of Russia after the Russo Japanese War While Russia was intent on expanding its empire into Central Asia Britain was trying very hard to keep India British so they were on full alert to any Russian incursions into Central Asia And they were keeping a third eye out for any kingdoms they could snatch up with promises of Victorian infrastructural progress You ll enjoy visualizing manifestations of Victorian progress the steam train the telegraph perhaps the Enfield Gun when youe Manual of Forensic Science: An International Survey reading of the fate of Arthur Conollyepeatedly peripatetically successful in all exploration and espionage sorties a BIG PLAYA in the Game when he wears out the welcome of the Emir of Bukhara or was it ueen Victoria who wore out his welcomeConolly and Stoddart whose plight had been all but forgotten in the wake of the Kabul catastrophe were he Das Vermächtnis des Rings: Neue fantastische Geschichten J. 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Tolkien zu Ehren reported both dead It had happened he said back in June when Britain seputation as a power to be feared in Central Asia was at Rock Bottom Furious At Receiving bottom Furious at Die Stadt der Tiere: Ein Tierkrimi receivingeply to his personal letter to ueen Victoria and no longer worried by any fear of Gendering the Trans-Pacific World retribution the Emir of Bokhara had ordered the two Englishmen then enjoying a brief spell of freedom to be seized and thrown back in prison A few days later they had been taken from there with their hands bound and led into 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 tyranny of the Emir was the first to be beheaded Next the executioner turned to Conolly and informed him that the Emir had offered to spare his life if he wouldenounce Christianity and embrace Islam Aware that Stoddart s forcible conversion had not saved him from imprisonment and death Conolly a devout Christian El show de Grossman replied Colonel Stoddart has been a Musselman for three years and you have killed him I will not become one and I ameady to die He then stretched out his neck for the executioner and a moment later his head Minor Marriage in Early Islamic Law rolled in the dust with that of his friendThe battle over Central Asia was fought primarily through spies And this is what makes it even thrilling All of this conflict was conducted by artists and inventors and intellectuals and con men far below theadar of the diplomats and. For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia fought a secret war in the lonely pas. Politicians The men in charge were explorers spy masters and spies who had an incredible 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 Plato and the Power of Images relevant for our time with the silent struggle for oil in Central Asia Every now and again one comes across an article about Central Asia but the coverage is hardly in proportion to the intensity of business political criminal and petro economical activity in thategion There s a lot of unknown knowledge in this area and it s pretty fun to A Vulcan's Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan read about it before it s been totally containerizedHighlyecommended for people who are trying to figure out why and how the US is in Afghanistan the whyhow of the Soviet invasion in 1980 the upcoming Great Game in Ira Afghanistan Georgia Turkistan Uzbekistan First things first it is an engaging The House by the Thames: And The People Who Lived There read with just the correct amount of detail and narrative punchCovering a time periodight 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 Professor Unrat 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 1880sather 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 Kämpfer Der Hoffnung: Wie Ich Den Kindern Madagaskars Eine Zukunft Gab 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 depressingegularity and presenting all Asian Tell the Machine Goodnight rulersight 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 Big Muddy Blues: True Tales and Twisted Politics Along Lewis and Clark's Missouri River resourceful Europeans While this was true of many of them to simply state this without exploring the kind of military political and even cultural andeligious pressure that the Europeans could bring to bear is very misleading Even the epetitive 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 elative strengths smacks of idicule 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 acism 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 evenge for the trauma suffered by the Europeans thanks to Hannibal Similarly the well documented murder ape 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 Ninth City Burning rage when news of what would now be termed humanights 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 e looked at Hopkirk does a serious misjudgment here because this book serves "as a salve to Western eaders who still think that Europeans did a jolly good job "a salve to Western Özgüven Öğrenilebilir readers who still think that Europeans did a jolly good job their Empires as is evident in this book s popularityight 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 Deutsche Sagen responsible for the deathsape and imprisonment of thousandsBottomline Engaing Irony and Idyll: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park on Screen read 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 Empire in Central Asia is a great historical account and a very enjoyable book toead It is very are nowadays to find a book that holds your attention throughout without finding one boring section this is one of those books In
560 pages paperback Peter Hopkirk tells the amazing stories of a number of early British and Russian officers and men involved in the great imperial struggle for supremacy in Central AsiaI found myself eading late into the morning at times I couldn t put the book down Most of the time I had heard of the places and people involved but a lot of this story had heard of the places and people involved but a lot of this story new to me The narrative Rua read like a novel gripping but informative never boring and full of information breathing life into history in a way that is hard to find now a days This is a great book and I fully agree with the uote on the front cover of the book by Jan Morris Peter Hopkirk is truly the laureate of the Great Game If you ever wanted to learn something about this large andemote area then this is the book to start with If you enjoy military history then this book has it if you enjoy historical accounts of exploration then this book has it if you just enjoy good history then this book has it allThe story of Britain and Russia carving out their Empires Ses and deserts of Central Asia Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it The Great Game a phrase immortalized in Kipling's Kim. ,Over 560 Pages Paperback
N India Afghanistan and the surrounding areas is truly fascinating and I was amazed at the brave and esourceful men who carved their name 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 anges or of the Kerman and Helmund deserts nor of some of the fierce and warlike tribes that lived in these areas After eading this book I yearn for information about this West Winds of Wyoming region and I intend to buy theest of Peter Hopkirk s books I would The Necessary Art of Persuasion rate this book one of the better ones I haveead covering this subject period An excellent book charting the ivalry 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 egion on behalf of their Courting Scandal respective governments Slowly theegion was absorbed by the imperial powers with many a disastrous mishap on the way In particular Afghanistan emained 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 Peter Hopkirk s excellent book The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia epresents an extended tale of Silk Road spies Oriental despots cartographers enlisted by the Royal Geographic Society at times disguised as Afghan traders high Keys to Drawing ranking titled British officers agent provocateur s Muslim fanatics tribal warlords Sepoysecruited Indian troops including a few fierce Ghurkas all in service to Great Britain countless British Russian soldiers endeavoring to stay alive while far from home engaged in fighting May Day representing the flags of empire in places the names for which they often can barely pronounce In Hopkirk s book theeader also encounters place names that are Eurodeutsch - Untersuchungen Zu Europaismen Und Internationalismen Im Deutschen Wortschatz: Eine Arbeit Aus Der Perspektive Der Eurolinguistik Am Beispiel Von Zeitungen Aus Deutschland, Osterreich, Der Schweiz Und Sudtirol redolent of adventure geographic uncertainty destinations like the Khyber P It s a fabulous eastern action adventure full of the brave andesourceful 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 Grundriss Der Kolloidchemie (Classic Reprint) read A compelling narrative with fantastic material I don t know why easterns aren t popular 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 exciting outlinesead here but don t expect analysis or deep thought on the issue What we have here is a particularly Tory version of imperial history all the British spies and agents are brave ingenious inventive and decent all the Russians are mysterious brutal callous but always one step ahead of the good guys the Asians are as always in these things inscrutable savage unreliable and in need of civilization Every Russian advance was met with trepidation in Delhi and London and Hopkirk too trembles with Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park rage every time the damned Russians conuer another piece of Asia thatightfully belongs to Britain I was once accused by a professor of writing too much in the style and attitude of my subjects eighteenth century British administrators occasionally using and eflecting favourably their bigoted and elitist views without being aware of it Hopkirk too does this but I doubt "it was done innocently a feature of tory "was done innocently A feature of Tory of this sort is that the victories and defeats of empires a century and a half ago are keenly felt that this book was written during the Cold War is painfully obvious from its attitude towards Russia and Russians Though Hopkirk constantly bemoans the Russian advance he doesn t have much to say about Britian s imperial expansion in India the conuest of the Punjab merits a few sentences and the occupation of Afghanistan twice is all heroic matyrdom and armchair the occupation of Afghanistan twice is all heroic matyrdom and armchair with a century of hindsight A uick ead but truly disappointing 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 esearching the characters marking the bibliography I liked this a lot although I think the elevance to events today has been overplayed a bit by some other Soul of Sin 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 before how motivated both sides were in Britain s case because they feared encroachment on their jewel of the Empire British India and in Russia s case because they were hell bent on expanding their influence as far as possible But theeal joy here is in the Boy s Own adventuring of some of the principal players ambitious explorer spies who headed off the map and into a world of mountain fortresses Himalayan snowstorms Russian ambushes gruelling sieges and daring gunfights At stake was a barely known network of independent city states whose Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say rulers were befriended betrayed and played off one another by the two major powers in an attempt to win influence and ascendancy in the areaIt would take a hard heartedeader 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 it all Hopkirk tells his story engagingly if occasionally dropping into some speculative scene setting As he donned a long uilted coat and black lambskin hat the two men with him watched in silence how do you know There are narrative problems it covers a long period and the book is necessarily somewhat episodic with For Death Comes Softly rather little of the political background filled in but on the whole the episodes are so extraordinary that it s hard to mind too muchI d be interested to see a update of some of this when it came out the Soviet Union was still in place and it would be good to know which previously hiddenecords on the Russian side have now become available Until then it s a great primer on a fascinating period of imperial history. When play first began the two ival empires lay nearly 2000 miles apart By the end some Russian outposts were within 20 miles of Indi.