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

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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 1260AD.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631208143
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/24/1998
  • Series: Blackwell History of the World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 498
  • Sales rank: 1,398,537
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents



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'.





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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2001


    Anyone interested in the history of ancient and medieval Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia will want to take a look at this book. Good scholarly books on the history of the Inner Asian land mass are rare. There are monographs on specialized subjects like the Scythians and Sarmatians, the Kushans, the Hephthalites and Huns, the Turks, the Mongols, and the other fascinating peoples covered in this book. But few authors ever attempt to record the history of this entire area. Indeed, the only book that I can recall that even comes close is Rene Grousset¿s THE EMPIRE OF THE STEPPES, which is now at least sixty years old and very out of date. There are, of course, collaborative efforts like the CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF EARLY INNER ASIA or UNESCO¿s six volume work, HISTORY OF CIVILIZATIONS OF CENTRAL ASIA. But as valuable as these works are because of the many excellent individual essays in them, they are still collaborations and lack the unifying force of one mind comprehending the whole and explaining it to the reader. And this is what David Christian has done so well. In just 472 pages Dr. Christian takes the reader from the Old Stone Age to the Mongol Conquests. Using the latest research, he describes the varied environments of the Inner Eurasian land mass and explains how they influenced the development of the civilizations that evolved there. It is an exciting story: the progression from cave dwellers to nomads and sedentary farmers; the clash of nomadic and sedentary cultures; the formation of mercantile states; and the two-way transmission of religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, along the Silk Road. Whether David Christian is discussing the mercantile oasis states of the Silk Road or the rise of the Khazars, Bulghars, and Rus in the areas of modern Russia and the Ukraine, the reader never loses the sense of the coherence of this area or of its significance in world history. This book is very well written; the notes and the sections on further reading at the end of each chapter are excellent; and the bibliography is extensive. While certainly not a picture book, the 39 plates and figures are very illuminating, and the book¿s 23 maps are virtually essential. There is also a valuable five page ¿Chronology of Inner Eurasian History: 100,000 BP ¿ 1260 CE¿ at the end of the book, just before the bibliography. All in all, this is an excellent book and I look forward to reading it again. I hope it encourages other historians to write similar books in the future. We need more of what Dr. Christian describes as `Big History¿.

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