The Great Game

Describes the nineteenth-century struggle between Britain and Russia for control of Central Asia

Author: Peter Hopkirk

Publisher: Kodansha Globe

ISBN: 9781568360225

Category: History

Page: 565

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Describes the nineteenth-century struggle between Britain and Russia for control of Central Asia

The Great Game

By the end, some Russian outposts were within 20 miles of India.This book tells the story of the Great Game through the exploits of the young officers, both British and Russian, who risked their lives playing it.

Author: Peter Hopkirk

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780192802323

Category: Afghan Wars

Page: 562

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For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth - Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia - fought a secret war in the lonely passes and deserts of Central Asia. Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it 'The Great Game', a phrase immortalized in Kipling's Kim. When play firstbegan the two rival empires lay nearly 2,000 miles apart. By the end, some Russian outposts were within 20 miles of India.This book tells the story of the Great Game through the exploits of the young officers, both British and Russian, who risked their lives playing it. Disguised as holy men or native horsetraders, they mapped secret passes, gathered intelligence, and sought the allegiance of powerful khans. Some neverreturned.

Flashman in the Great Game

One of literature's most delightful rakes is back in another tale of rollicking adventure and tantalizing seduction. The plucky Flashman's latest escapades are sure to entertain devotees as well as attract new aficionados.

Author: George MacDonald Fraser

Publisher: Signet Book

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 308

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One of literature's most delightful rakes is back in another tale of rollicking adventure and tantalizing seduction. The plucky Flashman's latest escapades are sure to entertain devotees as well as attract new aficionados.

Mapping the Great Game

The work of explorers, surveyors and spies in the race to conquer Southern Asia is vividly recounted in this history of British imperial cartography.

Author: Riaz Dean

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 1612008151

Category: History

Page: 256

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The work of explorers, surveyors and spies in the race to conquer Southern Asia is vividly recounted in this history of British imperial cartography. In the 19th century, the British and Russian empires were engaged in bitter rivalry for the acquisition of Southern Asian. Although India was the ultimate prize, most of the intrigue and action took place along its northern frontier in Afghanistan, Turkestan and Tibet. Mapping the region and gaining knowledge of the enemy were crucial to the interests of both sides. The Great Trigonometrical Survey of India began in the 18th century with the aim of creating a detailed map of the subcontinent. Under the leadership of George Everest—whose name was later bestowed to the world’s tallest mountain—the it mapped the Great Arc running from the country’s southern tip to the Himalayas. Much of the work was done by Indian explorers known as Pundits. They were the first to reveal the mysteries of the forbidden city of Lhasa, and discover the true course of Tibet’s mighty Tsangpo River. These explorers performed essential information gathering for the British Empire and filled in large portions of the map of Asia. Their adventurous exploits are vividly recounted in Mapping the Great Game.



The Great Game of Genocide

Between 1915-1916 approximately one million Armenian Christians were killed under the auspices of the Ottoman government.

Author: Donald Bloxham

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 329

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Between 1915-1916 approximately one million Armenian Christians were killed under the auspices of the Ottoman government. For nearly a century this genocide has either been ignored or not recognised for what it was. The author provides an explanation for why it happened and why it has subsequently been overlooked.

The Great Game of Business

"This revised and updated edition ... lays out an entirely different way of running a company.

Author: Jack Stack

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781781251539

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 375

View: 774

In the early 1980s, Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation (SRC) in Springfield, Missouri, was a near bankrupt division of International Harvester. Today it's one of the most successful and competitive companies in the United States, with a share price 3000 times what it was thirty years ago. This miracle turnaround is all down to one man, Jack Stack, and his revolutionary system of Open-Book Management, in which every employee understands the company's key figures, can act on them and has a real stake in the business. In Stack's own words: 'When employees think, act and feel like owners ... everybody wins.'As a management strategy, 'the great game of business' is so simple and effective that it's been taken up by companies from Intel to Harley Davidson.


Persia in the Great Game

' Antony Beevor 'Antony Wynn has produced a well-researched and highly readable life of a character who, in his own day, astonished his contemporaries by his courage and his cheek.

Author: Antony Wynn

Publisher: Thistle Publishing

ISBN: 9781910198810

Category:

Page: 532

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'A vivid reminder of the extraordinary lives and times of those who once played the Great Game. Percy Sykes was one of the ablest, if most controversial, of these. A valuable addition to Great Game literature.' Peter Hopkirk 'A superbly researched and engaginly written biography. Sykes was a character whose exploits even John Buchan would have feared to invent.' Antony Beevor 'Antony Wynn has produced a well-researched and highly readable life of a character who, in his own day, astonished his contemporaries by his courage and his cheek.' John Ure - Times Literary Supplement 'Wynn's writing is clear and vigorous; he wields no ideological agenda - unless an underlying sympathy for Persians counts as such. ... an enjoyable and compelling account of a fascinating life.' Noel Malcolm - Sunday Telegraph 'Where Wynn excels is in his sense of place. He is very good at conjuring up the look of Kerman, Meshed and the Persian landscape. One also gets a strong sense of what it was like for servants of the Raj on the move, with their rubber baths, tent valises, tins of stewed fruit and jars of Bovril, also of their more exotic retinue of farrashes, syces and pish-khedmats.' Robert Irwin - Literary Review 'A well-researched, hard-nosed, and engaging biography.' Financial Times 'Antony Wynn's book is full of marvellous, half-believable tales of bluff and daring.' Sunday Telegraph Percy Sykes began his career with Army Intelligence in India. Their main concern was the threat to India of the Russian advances across Central Asia. In 1893 they sent Sykes into eastern Persia on the first of many expeditions. Always with his terrier and often with his sister or his wife, he rode over thousands of miles of unknown desert, marsh and mountain to map them and establish his network of informants, helped by a Persian prince whom he had met in the desert. Later, as consul in Meshed, Sykes used his wits to foil Russian attempts to take over northern Persia, the key to India. But when the First World War broke out it was Wassmuss - 'the German Lawrence' - who proved the greatest threat to Britain, as Sykes was sent alone to raise an army to defeat him. In the great Victorian tradition, the soldier-diplomat Sykes hunted gazelle with princes, studied Persian poetry, and sat at the feet of dervish masters. This study of Sykes' secret despatches over twenty-five turbulent years gives an unusual insight into the inner workings of Persia, which are little changed in the Iran of today.

Chitral 1895

'Chitral 1895: An Episode of the Great Game' examines the true story of a garrison of British Army officers and their Indian troops at Chitral Fort, and the subsequent military campaign fought to relieve them.

Author: Mark Simner

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781781556184

Category: History

Page: 224

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'Chitral 1895: An Episode of the Great Game' examines the true story of a garrison of British Army officers and their Indian troops at Chitral Fort, and the subsequent military campaign fought to relieve them. Although called a 'minor siege' at the time, it was an important last move in the 'Great Game' between the British and Russian empires.

The Great Game in Cuba

The agency’s shady dealings with a major US publication are uncovered. A testament to the sheer volume of previously classified and untold information, The Great Game in Cuba is a story the world needs to hear.

Author: Joan Mellen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1510707409

Category: History

Page: 492

View: 767

“Joan Mellen tells a brilliantly researched, meticulously supported, and compulsively readable tale that everyone concerned with how America operates should know.” —Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren and Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders This completely revised and newly updated edition of The Great Game in Cuba uses the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution to examine the CIA’s inner workings during the fifties and sixties. Detailing the agency’s lies and deceits, Mellen paints a vivid behind-the-scenes picture of the CIA in Cuba after the Castro revolution: what it wanted and the lengths it was willing to go to paralyze the opposition to Fidel Castro. The game begins with Robert J. Kleberg, Jr., proprietor of the legendary King Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the world. Kleberg’s messianic ambitions bring him to Cuba, where he establishes a satellite ranch managed by his right-hand man, the James Bond–type character Michael J. P. Malone, who secretly reported to both the FBI and to at least five CIA handlers. From there, the plot thickens as an array of Cubans share never-before-revealed information regarding the agency’s activities in Cuba and its attempts to unseat Castro and install a CIA-friendly figurehead in his place. The mysterious disappearance of Camilo Cienfuegos, a major figure in Castro’s government, is told here for the first time. The agency’s shady dealings with a major US publication are uncovered. A testament to the sheer volume of previously classified and untold information, The Great Game in Cuba is a story the world needs to hear.


A Great Game

Surveys the tumultuous history of hockey in Toronto in the early years of the past century, as professional teams began to replace dedicated amateurs at the highest levels of the sport, and examines sports professionalism in Canada.

Author: Stephen Harper

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476716536

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 119

Surveys the tumultuous history of hockey in Toronto in the early years of the past century, as professional teams began to replace dedicated amateurs at the highest levels of the sport, and examines sports professionalism in Canada.

The New Great Game

Discusses the history and current status of efforts to control the vast untapped oil and gas reserves in the Caspian Sea region of Central Asia, detailing competition among the U.S., Russia, and China for dominance in the area, the role of ...

Author: Lutz Kleveman

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 287

View: 471

Discusses the history and current status of efforts to control the vast untapped oil and gas reserves in the Caspian Sea region of Central Asia, detailing competition among the U.S., Russia, and China for dominance in the area, the role of transnational energy corporations, and the impact of political and economic uncertaining.



Murder in the Hindu Kush

Told in full for the first time, this is the gripping tale of Hayward's journey from a Yorkshire childhood to a place at the forefront of the 'Great Game' between the British Raj and the Russian Empire, and of how, driven by 'an insane ...

Author: Tim Hannigan

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 075246387X

Category: History

Page: 256

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On a bright July morning in 1870 the British explorer George Hayward was brutally murdered high in the Hindu Kush. Who was he, what had brought him to this wild spot, and why was he killed? Told in full for the first time, this is the gripping tale of Hayward's journey from a Yorkshire childhood to a place at the forefront of the 'Great Game' between the British Raj and the Russian Empire, and of how, driven by 'an insane desire', he crossed the Western Himalayas, tangled with despotic chieftains and ended up on the wrong side of both the Raj and the mighty Maharaja of Kashmir. It is also the tale of the conspiracies that surrounded his death, while the author's own travels in Hayward's footsteps bring the story up to date, and reveal how the echoes of the Great Game still reverberate across Central Asiain the twenty-first century.


Great Game East India China And The Struggle For Asia s Most VolatileFrontier

In Great Game East, Bertil Lintner, acknowledged as one of the foremost experts on insurgencies in the region, unpacks the layers of complex political intrigues and spy networks that define the Great Game East.

Author: Bertil Lintner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9350295369

Category: Political Science

Page: 488

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There was the 'Great Game', the complex political machinations of Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia in the nineteenth century; and there was the 'New Great Game', the conflict between the Western powers and Russia and China over Central Asia's oil and natural resources. But there is another Great Game that's playing out in Asia - one that will significantly impact the course of global politics. In Great Game East, Bertil Lintner, acknowledged as one of the foremost experts on insurgencies in the region, unpacks the layers of complex political intrigues and spy networks that define the Great Game East. A must-read for anyone who wishes to understand the political future of a continent, or the world.