The Great Game, a coinage credited to the British officer Arthur Conolly (1807-42), refers to the nineteenth-century rivalry between Britain and Russia as each power sought supremacy in Central Asia. In a climate of tension and suspicion that the Russians might attempt to invade India via Afghanistan, Conolly, returning from sick leave in England, embarked in 1829 on an expedition through the region. His narrative provides observations on the various Asiatic peoples he encountered, including the social, religious and political aspects of their cultures. He describes also the many dangers he had to deal with, requiring him to assume a series of false identities. The risks that Conolly faced were underscored some years later, when he was captured and executed in Bukhara. Volume 1 recounts the first part of his journey, from St Petersburg, through the Caucasus, via Tiflis and Tehran, towards Herat.
Cambridge University Press
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Series: Cambridge Library Collection - South Asian History
21 August 2014
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Preface; 1. St Petersburgh; 2. Journey recommenced; 3. Assumed character; 4. Tribes of the desert; 5. A present to our hostess; 6. Peerwullee; 7. Departure of Peerwullee; 8. Suspicious guide; 9. Pilfering of our baggage; 10. Departure from Astrabad; 11. Road to Meyer; 12. Meshed the Holy; 13. Interior of the sanctuary; 14. Khaff; 15. Visit from the Meerza Abdool Jowaut; 16. Hatred of the sects of the Sheahs and Soonnees; 17. Difficulty of obtaining money; 18. Departure from Meshed with the Affghaun army; 19. Rosanuck.