The Great Game

The Eastern Question

Europe 1857.0401

The Great Game

The Second French Empire, the Crimean War and the Anglo-Persian War (1 April 1857)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

The Crimean War halted Russian expansion against Turkey for two decades, but Russian consolidation in the Caucasus and expansion into Central Asia and the Chinese Empire only increased. The British, who were expanding in the opposite direction from India, viewed these moves with suspicion and as a potential threat to their own empire.

Main Events

Second Opium War

Persia occupies Herat

Anglo-Persian War

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