Central Asia in World History

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Oxford University Press, 05.01.2011 - 192 Seiten
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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.
  

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Nutzerbericht  - Mary - Goodreads

Covers a lot of time & space in only 140 pages, so most of what you get is an outline of changing alliances, migrations, religious conversions, and seemingly endless warfare. The author jumps around a ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

A Layering of Peoples
1
CHAPTER 1 The Rise of Nomadism and Oasis CityStates
9
Warfare is Their Business
21
The Türks and Their Successors
35
CHAPTER 4 The Cities of the Silk Road and the Coming of Islam
50
Islam and the Turkic Peoples
63
CHAPTER 6 The Mongol Whirlwind
76
CHAPTER 7 The Later Chinggisids Temür and the Timurid Renaissance
91
CHAPTER 9 The Problems of Modernity
122
Pronunciation Guide
141
Chronology
142
Notes
147
Further Reading
159
Websites
163
Acknowledgments
165
Index
167

CHAPTER 8 The Age of Gunpowder and the Crush of Empires
105

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Über den Autor (2011)

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

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