This book deals with the 19th Century Anglo-Russian Great Game
played out on the territorial chessboard of Eastern and
North-eastern pasts of the waning Persian Empire. The Great Game
itself has been written about extensively, but never from a Persian
angle and from the point of view of the local players in that game.
Looking at the territorial consequences of the Great Game for the
local players is a unique approach, which deserves a special place
in the studies of history, geography, politics and geopolitics of
the age of modernity.
Particular attention is paid in this work to the impact of the
age-old rivalries between local dynasties such as the Khozeimehs of
Khorasan (of Iran) and Abdalis of Afghanistan on shaping the global
structure of the Great Game itself and on the political geography
of West Asia. The work presents a thorough study of the 19th
century Anglo-Russian games of geopolitics that have shaped today's
political geography of West Asia and the evolution of the
international boundaries between Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and
Central Asian Republics. For the first time, this study reveals
how, through the agency of Britain and Russian, the of Afghanistan
and the Russian provinces of Central Asia were created out of the
north-eastern provinces of the waning Persian empire.
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