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Younghusband : the last great imperial adventurer
French, Patrick, 1966-
Personal Author:
New edition.
Publication Information:
London : Harpercollins, [2004]

Physical Description:
xxii, 440 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 20 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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CT9971.Y68 F74 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Sir Francis Younghusband was the last of the great imperialists, a dashing adventurer - in 1903 he single-handedly invaded Tibet, wiped out its entire army and then became a mystic. Admired by H.G Wells and Bertrand Russell, he held the world record for the 300-yard dash, was the first European since Marco Polo to travel from Peking to Central Asia, discovered the source of the Indus and as a spy his presumed death almost sparked off an Indo-Russian war.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Mapsp. xiv
Introductionp. xix
Part I
1 Younghusband: 'Damned Rum Name'p. 3
2 Two Journeys to the Mountainsp. 20
3 Playing Great Games beyond Manchuriap. 34
4 Across the Gobi and Down the Mustaghp. 45
5 'Impressed by My Bearing': Bearding the Mirp. 64
6 That Sinkiang Feeling: Outwitted in High Asiap. 81
7 Loving a Splendid Colonel and Seeking God's Kingdomp. 96
8 Clubland: Travels with a Most Superior Personp. 111
9 'Not Only a Fiasco': African Intriguep. 124
Part II
10 An Interlude in Rajputanap. 143
11 'A Really Magnificent Business'p. 154
12 The Sikkim Adventurep. 168
13 Sixty-seven Shirts, a Bath and an Armyp. 183
14 'The Empire Cannot Be Run like a Tea Party'p. 202
15 'Bolting like Rabbits': Blood in the Land of Snowsp. 218
16 'Helpless as if the Sky Had Hit the Earth'p. 235
17 Fame in Disgrace and Diversion in Kashmirp. 253
Part III
18 Playing Politics, Brushing Death, Preaching Atheismp. 275
19 Fighting for Right in the Great Warp. 294
20 The Quest for a World Leader on the Planet Altairp. 313
21 Running the Jog and Climbing Mount Everestp. 328
22 Religious Dramas, Peculiar Swamis and Indian Sagasp. 344
23 The Remains of His Day: Inventing Societiesp. 360
24 Love in the Blitzp. 376
Epilogue: Creating the God-Childp. 397
Notesp. 406
Select Bibliographyp. 425
Indexp. 429