Alex McKay

Alex McKay Ph.D., is a research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, in Leiden, the Netherlands. The author of Tibet and the British Raj: The Frontier Cadre 1904-1947 and numerous other works on India and Tibet, he is currently a research fellow at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies.


Secret Tibet’ by Fosco Maraini

Secret TibetFosco MarainiThe Harvill Press: London, 2001425 pp.; $35 (cloth) There is something about traveling in Tibet that makes Westerners reach for their pens. But of the literally dozens of travelers who have described their Tibetan adventures, few have possessed Fosco Maraini’s talent for writing. Maraini describing his bus journey across town would be enjoyable […]

By Alex McKay


Tournament of Shadows

  Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and Race for Empire in Central AsiaKarl E. Meyer & Shareen Blair BrysacCounterpoint, 1999646 pp., $35 (cloth) The Tournament of Shadows was the Russian name for the contest the British called the Great Game: the clandestine struggle among colonial empires for control of the central Asian heartland. It was […]

By Alex McKay
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