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LSS: Phil Cooper: The Great Game

Description: ZOOM TALK - Phil Cooper

THE GREAT GAME’

The theatre where the 'Great Game' was played out was mainly Uzbekistan, particularly Bukhara and Khiva, but also parts of Turkmenistan and Western China. Russia for years had been making incursions into the area, but increasingly it posed a threat to British interests, with only Afghanistan separating the area from British India. To keep a track on this and to thwart any further intrusions Britain sent a number of intelligence officers to collect intelligence and influence the local rulers. This cloak and dagger confrontation came to be known as 'The Great Game'.

Russiaphobia was at its height in the late 19th century and it almost produced a full scale war. Russian incursions continued and spread to Western China, where the British established listening posts.

These confrontations were resolved in 1907 and peace settled, but did it?

Phil is a former teacher, also a cricket professional and now an avid traveller. He undertakes regular speaking engagements. His talks revolve around places he has actually visited and include photographs and video illustrations.


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Location: Online via Zoom
Date: Sunday, 10 May 2020
Time: 18:30 BST
Access: Public
Category: LSS - Public event (not at Secular Hall)*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Thursday, 7 May 2020 18:30 GMT
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