Setting the East Ablaze: Lenin's Dream of an Empire in Asia

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Kodansha International, 1995 - History - 252 pages
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A DANGEROUS NEW TWIST IN THE GREAT GAME

In this gripping narrative Peter Hopkirk tells how Lenin and his revolutionary comrades tried, in the period between the two world wars, to set the East ablaze with their heady new gospel of Marxism. Their dream was to "liberate" the whole of Asia, and their starting point was British India, the richest of all imperial possessions.

The bloody struggle that ensued, the full story of which has never been told, marked a dramatic new twist in the Great Game. Among the players were British Indian intelligence officers and the armed revolutionaries of the Communist International. There were also Muslim visionaries and Chinese warlords-as well as a White Russian baron who roasted his Bolshevik captives alive.

Pieced together from secret archives, intelligence reports, and the long-forgotten memoirs of the players involved, here is an extraordinary tale of intrigue and treachery. Like Hopkirk's bestselling The Great Game, its theme is ominously topical in view of the violent events that still grip this turbulent region-from the Caucasus to Afghanistan-where the Great Game never really ended.

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Interesting historical account of Bolshevick expansionism in central Asia. Peter Hopkirk is a great writer and story teller. Read full review

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User Review  - Tatiana - Goodreads

Peter Hopkirk never fails. He writes nonfiction that almost reads like fiction, weaving real stories together that leave the reader in suspense and wanting to know more about this fascinating period ... Read full review

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PETER HOPKIRK is the author of Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire, Trespassers on the Roof of the World: The Race for Lhasa, and two other books. A staff writer for the Times of London for nineteen years, five as its chief reporter, he is a Middle and Far East specialist.

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