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Required reading for all our politions
on 31 May 2017
This should be required reading for all diplomats and politicians - it's thrilling, fascinating and heart breaking in equal measure. Peter Hopkirk brilliantly takes us through the history of Central Asia entertaining and enthralling us as we go. The struggle between Russia and the British for the treasures of India was played out amidst the high passes and great desserts of central Asia and the political and military decisions taken in the 19th century led to the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and ultimately to the continuing instability of the world today. And yet whilst examining this fascinating and complex subject he manages to always bring us back to the individuals who led the way, Pottinger, Connolly, Burnes to name a few who are all brought startlingly to life and make you want to weep at their courage and resilience. I read it whilst travelling through Uzbekistan through the great cities of the Silk Roads - on a train snaking its way through the Pamir mountains into the Ferghana Valley - context is everything!