Spying for Empire: The Great Game in Central and South Asia 1757-1947

Robert Underwood Johnson


Spying for Empire: The Great Game in Central and South Asia 1757-1947

Spying for Empire: The Great Game in Central and South Asia 1757-1947

  • Title: Spying for Empire: The Great Game in Central and South Asia 1757-1947
  • Author: Robert Underwood Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781853676703
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover



The Great Game was the struggle between Russia and Britain for imperial influence over southern and central Asia, immortalized by Rudyard Kipling in his novel Kim For the British, the threat to India s frontiers compelled them to dispatch diplomats, or clandestine agents, to survey, map and monitor the approaches to the Indian subcontinent Anxieties about Russian The Great Game was the struggle between Russia and Britain for imperial influence over southern and central Asia, immortalized by Rudyard Kipling in his novel Kim For the British, the threat to India s frontiers compelled them to dispatch diplomats, or clandestine agents, to survey, map and monitor the approaches to the Indian subcontinent Anxieties about Russian ambitions in central Asia were magnified by the discovery of military plans and the arrival of shooting parties and scientific explorers on the mountains adjacent to India s northern border The British faced major problems compounded by the unresolved status of Afghanistan, the interception of agents, and the division of opinion in British military and political circles about the real or imagined nature of the Russian threat to India The situation was further complicated by the instability of the Indian border area, a region through which British and Indian troops would need to operate in wartime, but which was inhabited by bellicose tribesmen who fought the imposition of British rule every step of the way Spying for Empire gives a fascinating insight into how the British intelligence network worked in the 1800s It also examines how the intractability of Afghanistan plagued imperial defense planners, and how the threat of conflict with Russia colored Britain s dealings with the peoples of south west Asia.


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Robert Johnson set out to write a historical account that explored the complicated history of the individuals that participated in the game played by Britain and Russia for influence and power in Central Asia. Johnson succeeded admirably in his goal, and his book offers a well-developed account of how the modern intelligence agencies of Britain are deeply rooted in its imperial past.What is more impressive in Spying for Empire than the evolution of British intelligence is Johnson's research that [...]


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