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  - Claire - Goodreads

This is a hefty book about the history of many places in central Asia. As I'm interested in the Great Game, I vastly enjoyed learning more bits and pieces about people like Tamerlane, Genghis Khan or ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Roderigo - Goodreads

Nice detailed read. Stretched on a bit towards the end. I actually stopped before the end, the beauty of how was written I still feel like I got to the end. Read full review

Contents

The View from the Khyber
xxix
PART I
xxxix
The Horse Doctor
1
A River Too Far
25
The Road to Kabul
50
Here Comes the Messenger
75
The Russians Are Coming
109
The Raj Imperiled
135
The Last of the Foreign Devils
365
PART III
393
First Encounters of an American Kind
395
On the Playing Fields of Lhasa
423
The Shambhala Project
446
The Guru
472
The Cousins Discover Tibet
490
Swastikas to Lhasa
507

PART II
169
Bloomsburys War
171
Her Majestys Indian Secret Service
200
A Carbine in One Hand AQ Whip in the Other
221
Mystical Imperialism
239
Emissary to the White Tsar
259
Curzons Hour
282
The Desert Wanderer
308
The Spoils of Serindia
344
High Mischief
527
The Owl of Minerva
552
Acknowledgments
572
Notes and Sources
577
Bibliography
630
Index
633
Photo Credits and Permissions
645
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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