The next meeting of the History Reading Circle will take place on Wednesday 28 September at noon, room TBD.

We will discuss Alexander Morrison‘s paper

The Russian Conquest of Transcaspia, 1869-1885


This is how our colleague presents this paper:

“This paper is a draft chapter of my current book project, The Russian Conquest of Central Asia, a Study in Imperial Expansion. It covers Russian military campaigns in the Transcaspian region (modern Turkmenistan) from the establishment of the fort at Krasnovodsk on the Caspian shore in 1869, to the delineation of Russia’s borders with Afghanistan and Iran in the late 1880s. It focuses particularly on the logistical difficulties the Russians faced in this largely desert region, the frequent repulses of Russian forces in the 1870s, and the shattering violence of General Mikhail Dmitrievich Skobelev’s siege of the Turkmen fortress at Gök-Tepe in 1881.”

If you are interested in joining the discussion, please contact Dr Daniel Beben.