Strolling about on the Roof of the World : The First Hundred Years of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs Formerly Royal Central Asian Society

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This volume covers the first one hundred years of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, formerly the Royal Central Asian Society.

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This volume covers the first one hundred years of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, formerly the Royal Central Asian Society. It traces its fons et origo in the Central Asian Question, within the context of the 'Great Game', and continues its fascinating chronology through the two World Wars to the present day. There are separate chapters on its widely drawn membership, variety of activities and archive collection. Throughout the pages are glimpses and vignettes of some of its extraordinary, even eccentric, members and their astonishing adventures. The wealth of factual and often amusing detail makes it a very lively account, which is also valuable as a work of reference for all interested in Asia. The book is generously illustrated and includes some of the Society's unique archival photographs not previously published.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      xiii
Foreword by Lord Hurd of Westwell xix
Acknowledgements xxi
Introduction xxiii
PART ONE The Chronology
Genesis, Birth and Consolidation 1901-1907 3 (16)
Tupp conceives idea in Himalayas
Canvasses with friends
Younghusband has similar idea
Joint discussions
Firm proposal
Birth of Society
First public meeting
Younghusband leaves for India
Characters compared, Tupp and Younghusband
Penton as Hon. Sec
First lectures
Geographical remit
Society's title
Sir Alfred Lyall
Tupp's letter to Younghusband
Council's concern over 1907 Anglo-Russian
First Annual Dinner
`Great Game' connotations
Penton's 50-year retrospective
Annex of original members
The Years of Struggle 1908-1919 19 (12)
Short History by Tupp
Ronaldshay as Chairman
Poor lecture attendances; proposed
Problems of recruitment
New members of interest
Some lecture subjects
Some achievements
Durand as Chairman
Death of Tupp
Annual Dinners
Budget statistics
Trotter as Chairman
The Transcaspian Mission
Curzon as President
Lord Carnock
Move to new offices
Yate as Hon. Sec. and `saviour'
From Lean Years to Golden Years 1920-1939 31 (16)
Successful recruiting campaign
Changes of President, Chairmen and Hon.
Membership high 1939
Change of Secretary and premises
The Persia Society
The Royal Charter and Coat of Arms
The Assyrian problem
Various lectures, dinners and receptions
Budget statistics
From Empire and Back to Trade 1940-1959 47 (16)
Shea guides Society during War
Recruitment problems
Caxton Hall incident
Bomb damage
War-time lectures
Changes in honorary officers
Muslim welfare
Death of Wilson
India Office Library
Move to Hinde Street
Post-war lecture programme
Members of Council
Jubilee Dinner
Change of direction
Financial crisis
Loyal toast in Mongolia
Towards remainder of century
Settling to a Balance 1960-2001 63 (20)
Renewed importance of role
Corporate Membership
Range of lectures
Changes in honorary officers
Visiting Asian scholars
Perceived FCO dominance
General review of policy
Change of name
Financial crises
Royal Patronage
Annual Dinners
Relations with RAS
Council members
Longevity of eminent members
Members' current ventures
Centenary celebrations
PART TWO The Membership
The Membership 83 (24)
Diversity of membership
Long service and generation links
Agents and adventurers
Explorers and archaeologists
Frontier officers
Sinologists, Tibetologists and Mongolists
Missionaries and medics
Journalists and broadcasters
Lady members
The Asian membership
The American membership
The Junior Membership 107 (10)
History of young people's meetings
Start of a Junior Membership
Society sponsored young people's
New series Junior Members' meetings
Resulting influences
PART THREE The Activities
The Journal 117 (8)
Pre-Journal publications
Birth of Journal 1914
Its development
Book reviews and letters
Journal subscribers
War-time measures 1940
Editorial Board
Range of subject matter
Notable recipients
Articles on Islam
The Library 125 (6)
Foundation 1920
Initial contributions
Problem of space
Built from gifts, legacies, review copies
Dispersed for safe keeping in War
Bomb hit on store; books and archives
4,000 books by 1960
Voluntary work
Library Committee formed 1962
NADFAS and `Adopt a Book'
Balance between old and modern volumes
The Archives 131 (16)
The Bailey Collection
The Bell Papers
The Bourdillon Bequest
The Bowra Bequest
The Chapman Papers
The Enriquez Papers
The Fraser Bequest
T. E. Lawrence: A sketch map
Sir Charles MacGregor
The Schomberg Collection
The Shakespear Papers
The Stevens Bequest
Glass slides
Photographic albums
The Dinner Club 147 (6)
A `secret society' within the Society
Examples of talks in 1920s
Misogynistic temper of Council
Feminist backlash
Examples of talks in the 1930s
War-time measures
Club resurrected in 1950
Examples of talks 1960s-1990s
Avowal in 1996
Original objectives unchanged
A Role in Education 153 (6)
Aims of Founding Fathers
Role in foundation of SOAS
MECAS and Hon. Robin Maugham
Scarbrough Committee
Post-war concern for foreign students
Involvement with schools
Seminars with SOAS and ILEA
Reflection on successes and on problems
The Tours 159 (12)
Origin of tours
Some examples: Afghanistan, China, Iraq,
NWFP, Chitral, Kashmir and Ladakh,
Kashgar, Siberia, Uzbekistan
Miscellaneous tales
Annex of tours
The Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal 171 (14)
Origins of medal
Society's connection with Lawrence
Fundraising and expenses
Design by Eric Kennington
Terms of the award
Selection committee
First awardees
Presentation of replica to RAF Cranwell
Problems at the Royal Mint
Some recipients
Future continuance
Roll of medal holders
The Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal and 185 (12)
Other Society Awards
Brief history of Sykes family
Medal endowment
Design by Eric Kennington
Selection committee
Continued involvement of family
Re-examination of medal policy: Dr Yapp's
Sir Olaf Caroe's response
Inauguration of RSAA Special Award
Roll of medal holders
Epilogue 197 (2)
Annex of Office Holders 199 (6)
Notes 205 (8)
Index 213