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What is the "Big Game"?

Andrey Kim
Andrey Kim
March 25, 2015
What is the "Big Game"?

Few people know that the phrase "Big Game" is used as a well-established historical term. What is it?

“Big Game” is a term used to refer to rivalry between the British and Russian empires for influence in Central and East Asia, as well as in the Far East.

This rivalry dates back to the years 1856-1907.

The climax of the rivalry was the Afghan crisis (1885), which almost resulted in an armed conflict between the two empires. The main event of the crisis was the battle at Kushka, which took place on March 18, 1885.

After the battle, it was decided to sit down at the negotiating table, the results of which determined the conditional border between Afghanistan and Russia.

Today the term is also used to refer to political games between the European Union, the United States, the Russian Federation and China.

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