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Intelligence Studies in Britain and the USHistoriography since 1945$
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Christopher R. Moran and Christopher J. Murphy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646272

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646272.001.0001

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A Plain Tale of Pundits, Players and Professionals

A Plain Tale of Pundits, Players and Professionals

the Historiography of the Great Game

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(p.183) Chapter 9 A Plain Tale of Pundits, Players and Professionals
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Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US
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Robert Johnson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646272.003.0010

This chapter reviews the literature on ‘The Great Game’ — the struggle for supremacy between Britain and Tsarist Russia in Central Asia, which was immortalised by Rudyard Kipling in his novel Kim. Specifically, it explores the literature that conceptualises The Great Game as an intelligence contest, carried out by brave and heroic clandestine agents, rather than just a symptom of geostrategy and great power politics.

Keywords:   The Great Game, Britain, Russia, Central Asia, intelligence, Kim, Rudyard Kipling

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