Central Asia in World History

Paperback | February 1, 2011

byPeter B. Golden

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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-modernEurope, 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, and focusing largely on the unique melting pot of cultures that this region has produced. Golden describes the traderswho braved the heat and cold along caravan routes to link East Asia and Europe; the Mongol Empire of Genghis 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 powerstruggles 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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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-modernEurope, the Middle East, and China. In Central Asi...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195338197

ISBN - 13:9780195338195

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Introduction: A Layering of Peoples1. The Rise of Nomadism and the Oasis City-States2. The Early Nomads: "Warfare is Their Business"3. Heavenly Qaghans: The Turks and Their Successors4. The Cities of the Silk Road and the Coming of Islam.5. Crescent over the Steppe: Islam and the Turkic Peoples6. The Mongol Whirlwind7. The Later Chinggisids, Temur and the Timurid Renaissance8. The Age of Gunpowder and the Crush of Empires9. The Problems of ModernityChronologyFurther ReadingWeb SitesAcknowledgmentsIndex