Video Lecture

Russian troops taking Samarkand, 1868.

In the following lecture, learn about the conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire during the nineteenth century. Termed ‘the Great Game’, this rivalry was the result of two expanding empires each seeking territory and influence across ever wider regions. Confrontations occurred in Central Asia, and the north-western frontier of India. The ‘Great Game’ lasted for more than a century. But who won? Find out in this fascinating lecture from Professor Kathleen Burk from University College London.

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Professor Kathleen Burk, ‘Imperial Rivalry with the Russian Empire’ (58:30)