Francis Younghusband and the Great Game
Based on the post-graduate research of Professor Anthony Verrier, this book proposes a radical departure from the previously accepted history behind ... Show synopsis Based on the post-graduate research of Professor Anthony Verrier, this book proposes a radical departure from the previously accepted history behind the 19th century cold war between Russia and Britain. The author wrote Through the Looking Glass: British Foreign Policy in the Age of Illusions. Sir Francis Younghusband was a recluse from society, born in 1863 and trained to play the Great Game - the war of wits waged between British and Russian agents for mastery of the territories north of British India. Under the flag of the Empire, Younghusband was given the opportunity to follow his expansionist tendencies and spiritual yearnings into the desolate and mountainous regions of Central Asia. His adventure in China and the Pamirs were extraordinary. Defying orders from both the British and Indian governments, he insisted that wherever he went, British power should follow. He was determined to force Tibet to show allegiance to his Queen-Empress and fought his way through to Lhasa in 1904 using the deadly Maxim gun against soldiers who were, to all intents and purposes, unarmed. The slaughter was terrible and its justification untenable. Younghusband's contemporaries found him unfathomable and historians have always found him an enigma but, working from his letters and diaries, Anthony Verrier reveals the motives which lay behind Younghusband's extremes of foolhardy exploration and his rash intelligence operations which led to his fall from grace.