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

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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 more sinister version of the old Great Game, with world domination as its ultimate aim. Here, told in epic detail and for the first time, is the true story behind John Buchan's classic wartime thriller Greenmantle, recounted through the adventures and ...

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Overview

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 more sinister version of the old Great Game, with world domination as its ultimate aim. Here, told in epic detail and for the first time, is the true story behind John Buchan's classic wartime thriller Greenmantle, recounted through the adventures and misadventures of the secret agents and others who took part in it. It is an ominously topical tale today in view of the continuing turmoil in this volatile region where the Great Game has never really ceased.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719564512
  • Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/27/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 846,249
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 3.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hopkirk has traveled widely in the regions where his six books are set—Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He has worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and—for 20 years—on the Times. No stranger to misadventure, he has twice been held in secret police cells and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into 14 languages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2004

    A splendid book on the history of espionage in Central Asia

    This is a most wonderful book. It shows how German spies tried to put Afganistan and Persia in a holy war against Britian and her allies. It tells how the German agents stirred up trouble for the British. It also tells the adventures and misadventures of British agents as well. It also talks about the First World War in Central Asia. But, there is much more to this great book then written here.

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