On Secret Service East of Constantinople: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - 431 ページ
Under the banner of a Holy War, masterminded in Berlin and unleashed from Constantinople, the Germans and the Turks set out in 1914 to foment violent revolutionary uprisings against the British in India and the Russians in Central Asia. It was a new and moresinister version of the old Great Game, with world domination as its ultimate aim.German hawks dreamed of driving the British out of India and creating a vast new Teutonic empire in the East, using their Turkish ally as a springboard. At the same time Turkey's leaders aimed to free the Muslim peoples of Central Asia from the Tsarist yoke -and rule them themselves as part of a new Ottoman empire.The shadowy and often bloody struggle which followed was fought out between the intelligence services of King, Kaiser, Sultan and Tsar. It was to spill over into Persia, Afghanistan, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and be felt as far afield as the United States andChina. It was around this colossal conspiracy that John Buchan wove his immortal spy story Greenmantle.Here, told in epic detail and for the first time, is the extraordinary story of the Turco-German jihad of the First World War, recounted through the adventures and misadventures of the secret agents and others who took part in it. Pieced together from the secret intelligence reports of the day andthe long-forgotten memoirs of theparticipants, Peter Hopkirk's latest narrative is an enthralling sequel to his best-selling The Great Game, and his three earlier works set in Central Asia. It is also highly topical in view of recent events in this volatile region where the Great Game has never really ceased. The rise of Islamicfundamentalism and fears of a resurgent Russia and Germany add greatly to its significance.
 

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Fantastically well written book on a piece of history unknown to many. Helps one to understand the complexity of this area's people. A MUST READ レビュー全文を読む

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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 ... レビュー全文を読む

目次

Prologue
1
DRANG NACH OSTEN
7
A Place in the Sun
9
Deutschlanduber Allah
21
Like Some Hidden Fire
41
Kaiser Wilhelms Holy War
54
The Great Indian Conspiracy
66
Enver Pashas Bombshell
85
The Storming of Erzerum
195
The MillionPound Bribe
212
The Tide Begins to Turn
227
MELTDOWN
247
Caucasian Powder Keg
261
Bloodbath in Baku
276
Captain Noels Bizarre Adventure
289
Alone among the Bolsheviks
304

THE NEW GREAT GAME
103
The German Lawrence
105
The Race for Kabul
121
Niedermayers Bluff
136
Audience with the Emir
149
Wassmuss Pounces
167
The Christmas Day Plot
179
The Plot
319
Streets Running with Blood
352
The Death Train
366
TeagueJones Disappears
383
Epilogue
401
Index
419
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Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely over many years in the regions where his six books are set - Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. Before turning full-time author, he was an ITN reporter and newscaster for two years, the New York correspondent ofthe Daily Express, and worked for nearly twenty years on The Times: five as its chief reporter, and latterly as a Middle and Far East specialist. In the 1950s he edited the West African news magazine Drum, sister-paper to its legendary South African namesake. Before entering Fleet Street he servedas a subaltern in the King's African Rifles - in the same battalion as lance-corporal Idi Amin, later to emerge as the Ugandan tyrant. No stranger to misadventure, Hopkirk has twice been held in secret police cells - in Cuba and the Middle East - and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. Hisworks have been translated into thirteen languages.

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