Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia

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Basic Books, 2006 - History - 648 pages
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From the romantic conflicts of the Victorian Great Game to the war-torn history of the region in recent decades, Tournament of Shadows traces the struggle for control of Central Asia and Tibet from the 1830s to the present. The original Great Game, the clandestine struggle between Russia and Britain for mastery of Central Asia, has long been regarded as one of the greatest geopolitical conflicts in history. Many believed that control of the vast Eurasian heartland was the key to world dominion. The original Great Game ended with the Russian Revolution, but the geopolitical struggles in Central Asia continue to the present day. In this updated edition, the authors reflect on Central Asia's history since the end of the Russo-Afghan war, and particularly in the wake of 9/11.
  

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Review: Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game & the Race for Empire in Central Asia

User Review  - Damian Streets - Goodreads

Not sure this book sets out what it intends to. Doesn't quite draw all the themes of the Great Game together, rather is a patchwork of biographies of the quirky souls who served empire abroad. Starts ... Read full review

Review: Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game & the Race for Empire in Central Asia

User Review  - Jack - Goodreads

This one was a doozy. I will write more on this one later. Happy New Year everyone. Read full review

Contents

The View from the Khyber
xxxi
PART I
1
The Horse Doctor
3
A River Too Far
27
The Road to Kabul
52
Here Comes the Messenger
77
The Russians Are Coming
111
The Raj Imperiled
137
The Last of the Foreign Devils
367
PART III
395
First Encounters of an American Kind
397
On the Playing Fields of Lhasa
425
The Shambhala Project
448
The Guru
474
The Cousins Discover Tibet
492
Swastikas to Lhasa
509

PART II
171
Bloomsburys War
173
Her Majestys Indian Secret Service
202
A Carbine in One Hand AQ Whip in the Other
223
Mystical Imperialism
241
Emissary to the White Tsar
261
Curzons Hour
283
The Desert Wanderer
310
The Spoils of Serindia
346
High Mischief
529
The Owl of Minerva
554
Acknowledgments
574
Notes and Sources
579
Bibliography
632
Index
635
Photo Credits and Permissions
647
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Karl E. Meyer was London bureau chief for the Washington Post before joining the editorial board of the New York Times. He is the editor of World Policy Journal.

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