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Politics, 'the great game'
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Forsyth County News
During most of the 18th century, the British and Russians were engaged in a head-to-head rivalry to dominate Central Asia. Interestingly, a good deal of this centered on Afghanistan, as the British feared that Russia expansion threatened their position in India and Afghanistan was seen as a key staging point. The political and military actions that were carried out by both sides came to be known as “the great game.”