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 2 recounts the time Conolly spent in Afghanistan. Included also are appendices addressing the possible overland invasion of India as well as the history of Afghanistan.
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Series: Journey to the North of India 2 Volume Set
21 August 2014
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1. Capabilities of Persian Khorassaun; 2. Excursion to the village of Gauzer Gau; 3. Kamrun's march upon Candahar; 4. Barter for provisions; 5. Arrival at Girishk; 6. Departure from Munsoor Khan; 7. Khojeh Amraun, Speen Taizhe, and Toba Hills; 8. Pisheen superstitions; 9. Preparations for starting; 10. The Attun dance; 11. Ride to Muchee; 12. Halt at Shikarpore; 13. Departure from Rohree; Overland invasion of India; Affghaun history; Index.