Strolling About the Roof of the World: The First Hundred by Hugh Leach, Susan Maria Farrington

By Hugh Leach, Susan Maria Farrington

This quantity covers the 1st 100 years of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, previously the Royal vital Asian Society. It lines its fons et origo within the principal Asian query, in the context of the 'Great Game', and maintains its attention-grabbing chronology during the international Wars to the current day. There are separate chapters on its generally drawn club, number of actions and archive assortment. in the course of the pages are glimpses and vignettes of a few of its amazing, even eccentric, individuals and their surprising adventures. The wealth of real and sometimes a laugh aspect makes it a really full of life account, that is additionally helpful as a piece of reference for all attracted to Asia. The e-book is generously illustrated and contains many of the Society's precise archival images no longer formerly released.

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This circular was signed by eleven names. In addition to Tupp, Younghusband and Durand they were: Colonel Mark S. Bell, VC, a Central Asian explorer and formerly Younghusband’s immediate superior in the Military Intelligence Department of the Indian Army; Captain H. H. P. Deasy, who had just been awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Gold Medal for exploratory and survey work in Central Asia; Colonel Sir Thomas Holdich, an eminent Frontier surveyor of India and neighbouring territories; Sir Evan James, an Indian Civil Servant, who had explored Manchuria with Younghusband in 1886; Mr John Murray, the publisher, who had just brought out the autobiography of the Afghan Amir Abdur Rahman; Henry Norman, MP, a former Indian 5 THE CHRONOLOGY Army officer; Mr Henry Spenser Wilkinson, a military historian and journalist; and Mr Robert Yerburgh, MP.

By the time the letter arrived Younghusband would have been engrossed in preparations for the British invasion of Tibet the following January. My dear Younghusband, I have been intending to write to you for a long time, but I put it off . . thinking you might have difficulty in getting letters. . We have heard very little about your mission, but I am very glad that it was created and that you accepted it, for it may mean a great deal in the future; and any stirring up of the waters on the Tibet frontier is a good thing, after our years of inaction.

In July 1907 the Society, learning of the draft agreement and determined to show it had some political influence, addressed a lengthy memorandum to the Foreign Secretary. It expressed in strong terms its concern that the proposed Russian zone was crossed by caravan routes conveying British and Indian merchandise to the cities of Persia, and that it threatened the great trade route between Teheran and Baghdad via Kermanshah. The note concluded: ‘The Council . . ’ The wording of the memorandum implied that Council knew its business – many of its members were ‘there’ – and that the government did not and were not!

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