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Central Asia

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  • The Great Gambleby Gregory Feifer

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    ?Fascinating?.A highly readable history of the conflict.? ? New York Times Book Review In The Great Gamble , a groundbreaking account of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer vividly depicts the war that contributed greatly to the demise of the USSR, and that offers striking lessons for the 21st century,... more...

  • Talibanby James Fergusson

    Transworld 2010; US$ 13.52

    Fifteen years ago, southern Afghanistan was in even greater chaos than it is now. The Russians, who had occupied the country throughout the 1980s, were long gone. The disparate ethnic and religious leaders who had united to eject the invaders - the famous mujaheddin - were at each others' throats. For the rural poor of Kandahar province, life was... more...

  • To Pekingby Peter Fleming

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 17.00

    When in 1934 at the age of twenty-seven, Peter Fleming set out for the Far East, his ultimate goal was to return from China to India overland - a journey he later described in the classic News from Tartary. On his outward journey Fleming travelled through regions which remain some of the most remote and least-visited in Asia and which, soon after his... more...

  • The Lost Heart of Asiaby Colin Thubron

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 13.99

    A land of enormous proportions, countless secrets, and incredible history, Central Asia was the heart of the great Mongol empire of Tamerlane and scene of Stalin's cruelest deportations. A remote and fascinating region in a constant state of transition?never more so than since the collapse of the Soviet Union?it encompasses terrain as diverse as the... more...

  • Birth of Tajikistanby Paul Bergne

    I.B.Tauris 2007; US$ 29.00

    When the Bolshevik Revolution broke out in October 1917, much of Central Asia was still ruled by autonomous rulers such as the Emir of Bukhara and the Khan of Khiva. By 1920 the khanates had been transformed into People's Republics. In 1924, Stalin re-drew the frontiers of the region on ethno-linguistic lines creating, amongst other statelets, the... more...

  • An Enemy We Createdby Alex Strick van Linschoten; Felix Kuehn

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 23.99

    To this day, the belief is widespread that the Taliban and al-Qaeda are synonymous, that their ideology and objectives are closely intertwined, and that they have made common cause against the West for decades.In An Enemy We Created, Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn debunk this myth and reveal the much more complex reality that lies beneath... more...

  • The Silk Roadby James A. Millward

    Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 9.99

    The phrase "silk road" evokes vivid scenes of merchants leading camel caravans across vast stretches to trade exotic goods in glittering Oriental bazaars, of pilgrims braving bandits and frozen mountain passes to spread their faith across Asia. Looking at the reality behind these images, this Very Short Introduction illuminates the historical... more...

  • Markets and Politics in Central Asiaby Gregory Gleason

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 54.95

    Over a decade after national independence, it is apparent that the contrasting development strategies adopted by the five new governments of Central Asia have led to significantly different outcomes. This well-written and timely book analyses how the development strategies of these countries have affected their transition from communist governance. more...

  • Strolling About the Roof of the Worldby Susan Farrington; Hugh Leach

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 188.00

    This volume covers the first one hundred years of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, formerly the Royal Central Asian Society. It traces its fons et origo in the Central Asian Question, within the context of the 'Great Game', and continues its fascinating chronology through the two World Wars to the present day. There are separate chapters on its... more...

  • Trapped Between the Map and Realityby Maria Theresa O'Shea

    Routledge 2004; US$ 146.00

    This thesis analyses geographical and historical factors, which have shaped Kurdish conceptions of their identity. more...