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  • The Great Gambleby Gregory Feifer

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    ?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...

  • China, Xinjiang and Central Asiaby Colin Mackerras; Michael Clarke

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 54.95

    Central Asia and Xinjiang ? the far north-western province of China ? are of increasing international importance. The United States, having established military bases in Central Asia after September 2001, has now become a force in what was previously predominantly a Russian sphere of influence; whilst China, Russia and Iran all continue to exert strong... more...

  • Eurasia Rising: Democracy and Independence in the Post-Soviet Spaceby Georgeta Pourchot

    ABC-CLIO 2008; US$ 83.00

    Although the score of countries comprising Russia's near abroad (the former non-Russian Soviet republics) and far abroad (the former non-Russian Warsaw Pact states) are behaving with variably increasing independence in their domestic and foreign policies, Russia continues to regard them as remaining within the same core-periphery sphere of influence... more...

  • Afghanistanby Thomas Barfield

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 16.95

    Afghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as... more...

  • Central Asia in World Historyby Peter B. Golden

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 13.99

    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... more...

  • To Pekingby Peter Fleming

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 14.95

    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...

  • Blogging from the Battlefieldby Major Paul Smith

    The History Press 2011; US$ 18.94

    Front Line Bloggers - Afghanistan and Helmand Blog - Aghanistan (now combined as UK Forces Afghanistan) were established by the MoD to allow UK armed forces personnel to tell the public back home what they were doing there, in their own words. Officers, NCOs and other ranks representing a wide variety of units - infantry, artillery, signals, logistics,... more...

  • The Lost Heart Of Asiaby Colin Thubron

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.09

    Thubron travelled throughout Central Asia in the wake of the break-up of the Soviet Union and documented the widespread social upheaval in a region reeling from political change. Thubron is an inspirational writer, intrepid traveller and insightful observer and his The Lost Heart of Asia is an outstanding guide to the history, people and culture... more...

  • Language Politics in Contemporary Central Asiaby Jacob M. Landau; Barbara Kellner-Heinkele

    I.B.Tauris 2011; US$ 14.95

    Nationalist leaders in the former Soviet states strive for national identity in both the political and cultural domains. Their language policies contend with Russian-speaking intelligentsias, numerous ethnic minorities and sizeable Russian communities backed by the Russian Federation - all presenting major challenges to facing the legacy of Soviet... more...

  • Great Games, Local Rulesby Alexander Cooley

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 14.99

    The struggle between Russia and Great Britain over Central Asia in the nineteenth century was the original "great game." But in the past quarter century, a new "great game" has emerged, pitting America against a newly aggressive Russia and a resource-hungry China, all struggling for influence over one of the volatile areas in the... more...