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Whitfield S. Scholarly Respect in an Age of Political Rivalry // Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century / Collected articles. Edited by I.F. Popova. St Petersburg, Slavia Publishers, 2008. P. 203-218.


Much has been written in English about Anglo- Russian relations during the era of hostility and competitiveness now commonly known as ‘The Great Game’, but relations following this period have been less well reported. Yet the general impression given .by writers is that competitiveness also characterised the cultural sphere, exemplified by B. Davidson’s phrase, ‘the international race for antiquities’. 1 Is this accurate or is the political rivalry colouring our interpretation of the ensuing cultural relationship between the imperial powers and their scholars?..

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