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Shooting Leave: Spying Out Central Asia In The Great Game By John Ure,

  • Title: Shooting Leave: Spying Out Central Asia In The Great Game
  • Author: John Ure
  • ISBN: 9781849010405
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The real stories behind the phantom worlds of Kipling, John Buchan s heroes and Flashman s villains.
    Shooting Leave Spying Out Central Asia In The Great Game The real stories behind the phantom worlds of Kipling John Buchan s heroes and Flashman s villains

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    1. For virtually the whole of the 19th Century, the territory north and north west of India Afghanistan and several other stans was largely terra incognita India, which initially meant the semi autonomous East India Company, thought that might provide an invasion route for Russia s imperialistic ambitions Russia thought so, too Both nations felt the need to know about the huge, largely unmapped terrain, much of it ruled by independent, often hostile Khans Even of it was at the mercy of lawless ba [...]

    2. During the Great Game between Britain and Russia, soldiers and diplomats often took extended shooting leave to explore the largely unknown territory of central Asia This book recounts a number of the tales, with a cast of often larger than life characters, fierce and perfidious tribesmen and derring do, there s a bit of boy s own fun to be had with the advantage that it s all true.Ure recounts a number of these trips using the primary sources, with some extra comments and context and gives a goo [...]

    3. An interesting read about the Great Game, played out between the Britiish Raj in India and the Russian Empire.It tells the individual stories of both British and Russian participants in this 19th century cold war played out in remote parts of central asia about we still know little in this country and in a country, Afghanistan, that we know much about although, apparently, learn little.This book will appeal if you like any of the following subjects, history, espionage, travelogues and exploratio [...]

    4. More than a dozen tales of semi official exploration by British and Russian officers in Central Asia A good synopsis of longer and older publications.

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