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The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia

The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia Characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia fought a secret war in the lonely pas. Peter Hopkirk s book The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia is a great historical account and a very enjoyable book to read It is very rare nowadays to find a book that holds your attention throughout without finding one boring section this is 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 involved in the great imperial struggle for supremacy in Central AsiaI found myself reading 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 was new to me The narrative 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 and remote 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 in India Afghanistan and the surrounding areas is truly fascinating and I was amazed at the brave and resourceful 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 ranges or of the Kerman and Helmund deserts nor of some of the fierce and warlike tribes that lived in these areas After reading this book I yearn for information about this region and I 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 Addiction earth Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia fought a secret war in the lonely pas. Peter Hopkirk s book The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia is a great historical account and a very Harry Gruyaert enjoyable book to read It is very rare nowadays to find a book that holds your attention throughout without finding one boring section this is one of those books In over 560 pages paperback Burning Central Coven 2 edition Peter Hopkirk tells the amazing stories of a number of A Cry in the Wilderness Poetry from Pakistan early British and Russian officers and men involved in the great imperial struggle for supremacy in Central AsiaI found myself reading 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 was new to me The narrative 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 Secret Sins ever wanted to learn something about this large and remote area then this is the book to start with If you A Wedding in Hell enjoy military history then this book has it if you Lee Child CD Audiobook Bundle enjoy historical accounts of Enchantress Mine exploration then this book has it if you just Les Cin et le trésor de Rouépine enjoy good history then this book has it allThe story of Britain and Russia carving out their Empires in India Afghanistan and the surrounding areas is truly fascinating and I was amazed at the brave and resourceful 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 ranges or of the Kerman and Helmund deserts nor of some of the fierce and warlike tribes that lived in these areas After reading this book I yearn for information about this region and I 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

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The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia Characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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. First things first it 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 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 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 1880s rather 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 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 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 is very misleading Even the repetitive 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 relative strengths smacks of ridicule 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 racism 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 revenge for the trauma suffered by the Europeans thanks to Hannibal Similarly the well documented murder rape 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 rage when news of what would now be termed human rights 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 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 is evident in 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 indirectly responsible for the deaths rape and imprisonment of thousandsBottomline Engaing read if you can overcome the fact that Peter Hopkirk has distinctly one dimensional and outdated views Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association® empires lay nearly 2000 miles apart By the Tycoons Tender Touch Second Sisters # 3 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 After We Collided expanding Hold Tight The Embrace Series #2 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 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 1880s rather than a book published in 1990 Consider for Basic Documents in Medieval History 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 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 UnBonded Ruth Gron #3 extremely 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 Bead and Weave Primer 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 TheMoving Pictures Generation exploring the kind of military political and In the Hall with the Knife even cultural and religious pressure that the Europeans could bring to bear is very misleading Even the repetitive 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 relative strengths smacks of ridicule 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 The Collar even goes so far as to Live and Let Fly explain away naked Russian imperialism and racism in Central Asia as some kind of payback for what the Mongols did in Russia some four centuries Live and Let Fly 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 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 rage when news of what would now be termed human rights abuses is carried out by the Russian army in Central Asia But no mention is made of what the British themselves were Así funciona su ordenador por dentro 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 Men of Blood Murder in Everyday Life evident in 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 indirectly responsible for the deaths rape and imprisonment of thousandsBottomline Engaing read if you can overcome the fact that Peter Hopkirk has distinctly one dimensional and outdated views

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The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia Characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ses and deserts of Central Asia Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it The Great Game a phrase immortalized in Kipling's Kim. 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 outlines read 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 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 much in 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 it Hopkirk too does this but I doubt it was done innocently A feature of Tory historiography 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 generalship with a century of hindsight A uick read but truly disappointing Whos Afraid of the Big Bad Boss? engaged in this shadowy struggle called it The Great Game a phrase immortalized in Kipling's Kim. This is a complete Behind the Mountain enough narrative history of the struggle between Russia and Britain for control of Central Asia So if you want the bare Addiction exciting outlines read here but don t Harry Gruyaert 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 rage Burning Central Coven 2 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 much in the style and attitude of my subjects A Cry in the Wilderness Poetry from Pakistan eighteenth century British administrators occasionally using and reflecting favourably their bigoted and Secret Sins elitist views without being aware of it Hopkirk too does this but I doubt it was done innocently A feature of Tory historiography of this sort is that the victories and defeats of A Wedding in Hell 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 Lee Child CD Audiobook Bundle expansion in India the conuest of the Punjab merits a few sentences and the occupation of Afghanistan twice is all heroic matyrdom and armchair generalship with a century of hindsight A uick read but truly disappointing


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    The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia E–book/E–pub 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 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 re

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    Peter Hopkirk ¾ 2 Review Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ Peter Hopkirk Read The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia In 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 Cau

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    Read The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia Peter Hopkirk ¾ 2 Review Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ Peter Hopkirk 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 read it in a Comp Lit class analyzing the coloni

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    Read The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ Peter Hopkirk Peter Hopkirk ¾ 2 Review 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 researching the characters marking the bibliography for further literature to read What can one want A wonderful book

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