Central Asia in World History

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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195159479
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/14/2011
  • Series: New Oxford World History Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

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

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