The Great Game
by Peter Hopkirk
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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For nearly a century, the two most powerful nations of the earth, Victorian Great Britain and Tsarist Russia, led a secret war in the solitude of the Central Asian passes and deserts.Those who are engaged in this struggle of the shadow called it “The Great Game”, a phrase immortalized by KiplingWhen the game began the first time the two secular rival empires began nearly 2,000 kilometers awayIn the end, a few Russian outposts were within 20 miles of IndiaThis classic book tells the story of the Great Game through the exploits of young officers, both British and Russian, who risked their lives playing the game.Disguised as a holy man or native horse-merchant, they mapped secretly pass, gathered intelligence and sought the allegiance of the powerful khans.Some of them never came backThe violent repercussions of the Great Game are still convulsions in Central Asia today.
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