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

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The original Great Game (1800–1917), 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. The prize, control of the vast Eurasian heartland, was believed by some to be key to world dominion. Teeming with improbable drama and exaggerated tensions, the conflict featured soldiers, mystics, archeologists, and spies, among them some of historys most colorful characters.While the original Great Game ended with the Russian Revolution, the geopolitical struggles in Central Asia continue to the present day. Beginning with the soldiers and propagandists of the Victorian era, Tournament of Shadows chronicles nearly two centuries of conflict in the Eurasian heartland, conflict that has spawned wars in Afghanistan, the invasion of Tibet, and economic scrambles for control of Caspian oil. Karl E. Meyer, formerly of the New York Times, and his wife, Shareen Blair Brysac, formerly of CBS News, have created a vivid narrative that brings to life the engaging personalities in this colorful conflict:• Russias greatest explorer, Nicholas Przhevalsky, who died trying to shoot his way to Lhasa;• Nicholas Roerich, the Russian artist and mystic who searched for fabled Shambhala under the patronage of Henry Wallace, the American Secretary of Agriculture;• Philadelphia socialite Brooke Dolan, like a figure out of Hemingway, who reached Lhasa as an OSS operative;• SS Captain Ernst Schäfer, who led an expedition to Tibet in the late 1930s in an attempt to confirm Nazi racial theories;• William Rockhill, the first American to befriend and advise a Dalai Lama;• Sarat Chandra Das, the Bengali explorer who went to Lhasa in the secret service of the Raj.Revealing a wealth of new material that has never before been published, Meyer and Brysac have written a sweeping history of a riveting tournament, a two-century joust with political and economic implications that remain as topical today as this mornings newspaper.

Synopsis:

The history of Central Asia from the Great Game to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan

Synopsis:

From the romantic conflicts of the Victorian Great Game to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, Tournament of Shadows traces the struggle for control of Central Asia and Tibet from the 1830s to the present.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582431062
Subtitle:
The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia
Author:
Meyer, Karl E.
Author:
Meyer, Karl E.
Author:
Brysac, Shareen Blair
Publisher:
Basic Books
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20001023
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in 32.00 oz

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From the romantic conflicts of the Victorian Great Game to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, Tournament of Shadows traces the struggle for control of Central Asia and Tibet from the 1830s to the present.

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