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ISBN: 1568360207
Author: Peter Hopkirk
Language: English
Publisher: Kodansha USA Inc (June 1, 1994)
Pages: 431
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 437
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Peter Stuart Hopkirk (15 December 1930 – 22 August 2014) was a British journalist, author and historian who wrote six books about the British Empire, Russia and Central Asia

Peter Stuart Hopkirk (15 December 1930 – 22 August 2014) was a British journalist, author and historian who wrote six books about the British Empire, Russia and Central Asia. Peter Hopkirk was born in Nottingham, the son of Frank Stuart Hopkirk, an Anglican priest, and Mary née Perkins. He grew up at Danbury, Essex. Hopkirk was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford.

Like Hidden Fire book. Although having read much on WWI including the side-shows of Mespot, Gallipoli and East Africa I learnt much on the A fast paced and very illuminating book on the Turko-German plan to use Holy War to foment revolution and disruption to India and the Middle East.

This book deals with the same material, only from the perspective of the British instead of the Ottomans. In some ways it feels like Peter Hopkirk was trying to wrap up the loose ends of "The Great Game". Hopkirk also draws from Setting the East Ablaze: Lenin's Dream of an Empire in Asia and references several events that are explained in detail in that book. Some things I found absolutely fascinating: The various governments that appeared in the Caucuses during the revolution period. The fate of Stepan Shaumian and the 26 Commissars. Dunsterforce attempting to defend Baku from the Army of Islam. 3 people found this helpful.

Peter Hopkirk has written extensively on the efforts of the British Empire to maintain its control of the Indian subcontinent from incursions from the north and west. In Like Hidden Fire, he traces the clandestine efforts of Germany and Turkey in the First World War to sabotage Britain's ability to wage war by fomenting jihad in its Empire. The Germans thought that they, aided by the Muslim Turks, could persuade or bribe the Emir of Afghanistan to invade India. They hoped the Afghans would be joined by their numerous co-religionists in India to revolt against British rule.

Informations bibliographiques. Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire Kodansha Globe Series. In Like Hidden Fire, he traces the clandestine efforts of Germany and Turkey in the First World War to sabotage Britain’s ability to wage war by fomenting jihad in its Empire.

Another charge through the imperial past as Hopkirk deftly marshals facts, larger-than-life characters, and sweeping battles to demonstrate how close the Germans and their Turkish allies came to bringing down the mighty British Empire.

the plot to bring down the British Empire. Published 1994 by Kodansha International in New York. Includes bibliographical references (p. -418) and index. Originally published: J. Murray, 1994.

One of my favourite historians, Peter Hopkirk, wrote On Secret Service east of Constantinople (1994), about joint German and Turkish efforts to stir up revolution in India as part of. .Like Some Hidden Fire. Kaiser Wilhelms Holy. The Great Indian Conspiracy.

One of my favourite historians, Peter Hopkirk, wrote On Secret Service east of Constantinople (1994), about joint German and Turkish efforts to stir up revolution in India as part of a WWI strategy.

An experienced historian uses secret intelligence reports and memoirs of participants to reconstruct the holy war conducted by Germany and Turkey against the British Empire in 1914, as the Great Game expanded into a quest for world domination.

Comments:

Wiliniett
In his introduction Hopkirk compares this book to his The Great Game. He says just as that book told the real-life background of Rudyard Kipling's Kim, this book expands on the real-life background of Buchan's Greenmantle. Hopkirk claims there is much real-life in Greenmantle and that Buchan was involved in British Intelligence in the time-period.

I am anticipating a rewarding journey and will likely re-read Greenmantle with my new-found insights. I know The Great Game helped give me a better feel for Kim.

All that said, it should be noted that The Great Game and Like Hidden Fire are books of much greater scope and depth than insights into a couple of popular novels from over a hundred years ago. Hopkirk's books (these two and his others) are primarily history books that cover the large scale conflicts in central Asia that started hundreds of years ago and continue even up to today. If you are interested in a better understanding of what central Asia is all about these books are the books for you.

P.S. Greenmantle outsold Thirty Nine Steps before Hitchcock made his movie.
Daron
I was captivated by this book. Parts of it could be an action film.
My education on World War I omitted portrayal of "the Eastern Front" as anything other than the other front from the Western Front and a place where the Germans fought the Russians and died in very large numbers until the Russians had a revolution.
I was happy to learn about a part of the shaping of the Middle East. The writing is as good as that in Hopkirk's other books, all of which are terrific.
The Baku part of the story helped me to understand a bit more about the history of the Caucasus which was also skipped in my schooling, but which has come to affect world events.
The saddest part is the drama about whether the British or the German agents can accomplish their goal of bribing the ruler of Afganistan to enter the War. As in The Great Game, nothing has changed and the US is repeating this sad drama a century later.
The geopolitical aspects of this part of history continue. The Germans and the Brits looked at tribal leaders as pawns, rather than the leaders of people with aspirations. Many of the genetic and tribal descendants of these pawns are the folks we are dealing with today.
This is a book well worth reading and it is nearly as easy to read as a thriller.
Iseared
You can count on Peter Hopkirk to deliver fascinating accounts of the lands that served as the arena for The Great Game, and this is no exception. In this well-done volume, Hopkirk tells the tales of intrigue launched at the outset of WWI, mostly aimed at the destruction of the British Empire. While the world was focused on the carnage in Europe, a lesser-known war was raging in Central Asia, where the players were the dying Ottoman Empire, the newly emergent Bolsheviks plus Persian and Caucasian forces and, of course, the British. Hopkirk records these events with a journalists eye toward telling a compelling story. So much of today's world was influenced by the events Hopkirk describes. This is a valuable book which rounds out our knowledge of a most turbulent time.
Fordrelis
The Washington Post review blurb calls this "history that reads like a thriller", with which I would heartily agree. Easily my favorite of Hopkirk's books thus far (I think I have been through four); each is engaging, but the added suspense of the First World War provides Hopkirk with fodder for a very strong narrative, far more interesting in its 400+ pages than the more speculative maneuvering of The Great Game. He also achieves a level of neutrality in the telling which was elusive in The Great Game. Each of Hopkirk's books fills in enormous gaps which I am embarrassed to admit had existed in my knowledge of world history. Each is, in it's own way, extremely valuable in understanding the Middle Eastern and Central Asian region.
Seevinev
...quite a good read. Having enjoyed Hopkirk's GREAT GAME (and having been a fan of John Buchan since childhood) I turned to this with anticipation. The book doesn't really disappoint, and I have used bits and pieces in a variety of lectures, but at the same time I don't think it lives up to its predecessor. There were many moments where I was enthralled and captivated -Hopkirk does a great job linking the different aspects of Imperial Germany's global strategy, from the Himalaya to Mexico, but then there were fallow sections where I wish he would simply get on with the story. Suffice it to say that I have dipped back into it on occasion and in hindsight think that dipping in might be better than reading it cover to cover.
Blackbrand
Hopkirk does a wonderful job in this work of illuminating some of the less well known chapters of the first world war. As usual, his writing is very good and he does a pretty good job of holding the reader's interest. However, it is on this last point that this work is a half step below Hopkirk's other works on Central Asia.
The nature of this book is such that the history of a world war must be told to put into context the events that Hopkirk describes. As a result, Hopkirk is not able to do what works so very well for him in his other writings. In the others, he is able to focus on one or two charecters at a time and tell their story in a very engaging way. Here, he must combine characters and events and a bit of the good story telling power of Hopkirk's other works are lost.
But, by all means, do pick up the book and read it.

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