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A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire v. 1

A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire v. 1

Paperback Blackwell History of the World (Paperback)

By (author) David Christian

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  • Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 242mm x 28mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 23 December 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0631208143
  • ISBN 13: 9780631208143
  • Sales rank: 721,549

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This is a history of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia from the time of the first inhabitants of the region up-to the break-up of the Mongol Empire in 1260 AD. Inner Eurasia, as the author defines it, comprises most of the former Soviet Union and Russia's huge territories in Siberia; Russia's former empire in Central Asia; China's central Asian empire; and Mongolia, both the parts within China and those within the Mongolian People's Republic. The author presents Inner Eurasia as a coherent region with an underlying unity in geography and history despite its cultural and ecological variety.This volume, the first of two surveying this region, charts developments from the Old Stone Age, through changes under such peoples as the Scythians, the Huns and the Turks, to the emergence of an identifiable "Rus" - the society from which modern Russia and Ukraine have evolved. The book sets political events in the broadest context of social and economic change, linking evolution to the vast geography of the territories it describes. Together with volume II, covering the period up-to the present, the work represents the most thorough, up-to-date study of this fascinating and much misunderstood region of the world.

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Author information

David Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Macquarie University, Sydney where he has taught since 1975. His BA and DPhil are from Oxford University. His previous publications include "Bread and Salt: A Social and Economic History of Food and Drink in Russia" (1982), "Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation" (1990) and "Imperial and Soviet Russia: Power, Privilege and the Challenge of Modernity" (1997).

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"Overall, this is an excellent book. It is rich in detail and has a good blend between description and history. It is everywhere fair and balanced in its interpretations. It is well written and well produced with good illustrations, maps, a useful chronology which divides the region into west, centre and east, and an excellent and extensive, albeit overwhelmingly English-language bibliography. Perhaps most important of all, although the histories of the various areas of concern to this book are reasonably well trodden paths, it crafts a new interpretation by taking up a distinct area of focus - inner Eurasia - and succeeds admirably in convincing the reader of the significance and interest of that region's history. I strongly recommend the book." Asian Ethnicity Journal "Well-written, impressive and bold synthesis ... One looks forward eagerly to volume 2." The Russian Review "Big picture history requires energy, openness and risk taking, a willingness to escape from the well-worn grooves of academe ... Christian has effected a great escape." Journal of Asian Studies

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This is a history of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia from the time of the first inhabitants of the region up to the break up of the Mongol Empire in 1260 AD. Inner Eurasia, as the author defines it, comprises most of the former Soviet Union and Russia's huge territories in Siberia; Russia's former empire in Central Asia; China's central Asian empire; and Mongolia, both the parts within China and those within the Mongolian People's Republic. The author presents Inner Eurasia as a coherent region with an underlying unity in geography and history despite its cultural and ecological variety. This volume, the first of two surveying this region, charts developments from the Old Stone Age, through changes under such peoples as the Scythians, the Huns and the Turks, to the emergence of an identifiable "Rus" - the society from which modern Russia and Ukraine have evolved. The book sets political events in the broadest context of social and economic change, linking evolution to the vast geography of the territories it describes. Together with volume II covering the period up to the present, the work represents the most thorough, up-to-date study of this fascinating and much misunderstood region of the world.

Table of contents

Contents. Introduction. 1. The Geography and Ecology of Inner Eurasia. 2. First Settlers: The Old Stone Age. 3. Hunters and Gatherers after the Ice Age. 4. The Neolithic Revolution: Seventh to Third Millennia BCE. 5. The Bronze Age: 3,000-1,000 BCE. 6. The 'Scythic' Era: 1,000-200 BCE. 7. Outer Eurasian Invasions and their Aftermath. 8. The Hsiung-Nu Empire. 9. 'Barbarian' Invasions before 500 CE. 10. Turkic Empires of the East. 11. Turkic Empires of Wester Inner Eurasia. 12. Mawara'n-nahr: Islamic Civilization in Central Asia. 13. The Origins of 'Rus'. 14. Before the Mongols: 1000-1220. 15. Chinggis Khan. 16. The Mongol Empire and a New 'World-System'. Conclusion. Bibliography. Chronologies. Index.