This series (Part 1: https://youtu.be/1nORXGAYpfA) explores the Geopolitics of the British Empire, from the rise of the East India Company, to the consolidation of the British Raj, and the geopolitical contest known as the Great Game.
Watch a prequel video explaining the rise of the British in India here: https://youtu.be/YpE4rI0DAls
THE GREAT GAME
The Great Game refers to the hundred year geostrategic contest between Britain and Russia for control of Eurasia in the 19th century.
The arena for the Great Game was all the lands, kingdoms and nations between the two Empires. At the beginning of the Great Game the territories of British India and Tsarist Russia were separated by a distance of almost 1,500 miles. At the end, all that remained between the two was Afghanistan – which at its narrowest, was a sliver of a 15 mile corridor, agreed upon mutually by the two behemoths to keep them apart.