Central Asia in World History

Central Asia in World History

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A vast region stretching roughly from the Volga River to Manchuria and the northern Chinese borderlands, Central Asia has been called the "pivot of history," a land where nomadic invaders and Silk Road traders changed the destinies of states that ringed its borders, including pre-modern Europe, the Middle East, and China. In Central Asia in World History, Peter B. Golden provides an engaging account of this important region, ranging from prehistory to the present, focusing largely on the unique melting pot of cultures that this region has produced over millennia. Golden describes the traders who braved the heat and cold along caravan routes to link East Asia and Europe; the Mongol Empire of Chinggis Khan and his successors, the largest contiguous land empire in history; the invention of gunpowder, which allowed the great sedentary empires to overcome the horse-based nomads; the power struggles of Russia and China, and later Russia and Britain, for control of the area. Finally, he discusses the region today, a key area that neighbors such geopolitical hot spots as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 16mm | 421.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 18 halftones, 6 maps
  • 0195159470
  • 9780195159479

About Peter B. Golden

Peter B. Golden is Professor Emeritus of History and Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program, Rutgers University.show more

Review quote

This concise but comprehensive textbook outlines the transformation of Central Asia from prehistory to the collapse of the USSR. ... The scope is ambitious ... the book is chronologically, spatially, and thematically wide-ranging without sacrificing the level of detail in the narrative. * Jagjeet Lally, Journal of Global History *show more

Table of contents

Editors' Preface ; Introduction: A Layering of Peoples ; 1. The Rise of Nomadism and the Oasis City-States ; 2. The Early Nomads: "Warfare is Their Business" ; 3. Heavenly Qaghans: The Turks and Their Successors ; 4. The Cities of the Silk Road and the Coming of Islam. ; 5. Crescent over the Steppe: Islam and the Turkic Peoples ; 6. The Mongol Whirlwind ; 7. The Later Chinggisids, Temur and the Timurid Renaissance ; 8. The Age of Gunpowder and the Crush of Empires ; 9. The Problems of Modernity ; Pronunciation Guide ; Chronology ; Notes ; Index ledgmentsshow more

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