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

User Review  - Roopa Prabhu - Goodreads

Third and final installation of the Great Game trilogy is not as stimulating as the first two but nevertheless entertaining. The chronology of book two and three is kind of mixed up. Read full review

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User Review  - Paula - Goodreads

I'd read a bunch of Peter Hopkirk's other books and enjoyed them immensely, but for some reason I'd never got round to reading this one, I have no idea why not! The basic premise of 'Setting the East ... 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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