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On Secret Service East of Constantinople By Peter Hopkirk

On Secret Service East of Constantinople

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Under the banner of a Holy War, the Germans and Turks set out in 1914 to foment violent revolutionary uprisings against the British in India and the Russians in Central Asia. This is the story of the Turco-German jihad told through the adventures of the secret agents and others who took part in it.
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On Secret Service East of Constantinople: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire by Peter Hopkirk

Under the banner of a Holy War, masterminded in Berlin and unleashed from Constantinople, the Germans and 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. 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 and China. It was around this colossal conspiracy that John Buchan wove his spy story "Greenmantle". Here, told for the first time, is the extraordinary story of the Turco-German jihad of World War I 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 and the long-forgotten memoirs of the participants, Peter Hopkirk's narrative is a sequel to his best-selling "The Great Game" and his three earlier works set in Central Asia. It is also a highly topical one in view of recent events in this volatile region where "the Great Game" has never really ceased.

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About Peter Hopkirk


Peter Hopkirk travelled widely in the regions where his six books are set: Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, Russia, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and - for twenty years - on The Times. No stranger to misadventure, he was twice held in secret police cells and has was also hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into many languages. All six of his books are available from John Murray: THE GREAT GAME, ON SECRET SERVICE EAST OF CONSTANTINOPLE, SETTING THE EAST ABLAZE, TRESPASSERS ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, FOREIGN DEVILS ON THE SILK ROAD and QUEST FOR KIM.

Table of Contents


Deutschland ueber Allah; "like some hidden fire"; Kaiser Wilhelm's Holy War; the great Indian conspiracy; angels of darkness; the German Lawrence; the race begins; Niedermayer's bluff; conspiracy at Kabul; Wassmuss strikes; the Christmas plot; the fall of Erzerum; Ezerum avenged - Kurt surrenders; the tide begins to turn; the great Russian collapse; Caucasian powder-keg; the slaughter of the Baku Tartars; the bizarre adventures of Captain Noel; alone among the Bolsheviks; the professional; the battle for Baku; "streets running with blood"; the death train; the disappearance of Captain Teague Jones.

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GOR008069183
On Secret Service East of Constantinople: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire by Peter Hopkirk
Peter Hopkirk
Not a Series
Used - Like New
Hardback
John Murray Press
1994-04-28
324
0719550173
9780719550171
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.