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Central Asia

  • The Silk Road - Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iranby Jonathan Tucker; Paul Theroux

    I.B.Tauris 2015; US$ 14.95

    Stretching from the ancient Chinese capital of Xian across the expanses of Central Asia to Rome, the Silk Road was, for 2,000 years, a vibrant network of arteries that carried the lifeblood of nations across the world. Along a multitude of routes everything was exchanged: exotic goods, art, knowledge, religion, philosophy, disease and war. From the... more...

  • The Caucasusby James Forsyth

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 44.00 US$ 36.08

    An authoritative new survey of the Caucasus, tracing a unified narrative history of this complex and turbulent region. more...

  • The Silk Road: A Very Short Introductionby James A. Millward

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.87

    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 background... more...

  • Lost World of the Golden Kingby Frank L. Holt

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 39.95 US$ 31.96

    Drawing on ancient historical writings, the vast array of information gleaned in recent years from the study of Hellenistic coins, and startling archaeological evidence newly unearthed in Afghanistan, Frank L. Holt sets out to rediscover the ancient civilization of Bactria. In a gripping narrative informed by the author?s deep knowledge of his subject,... more...

  • The Heart of Asiaby Edward Denison Ross; Frances Henry Skrine

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    Originally published in 1899, The Heart of Asia is a definitive history of Central Asia from pre-history to the contemporary machinations of the Russian empire. The book is valuable not only because of the quality of the historical work on the early period, but also because of the unique picture that it gives of contemporary views on the potential... more...

  • Great Games, Local Rulesby Alexander Cooley

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 15.99 US$ 13.75

    Russia, the U.S., and China all see Central Asia as strategically important and have devoted extensive financial and human resources there. In Great Games, Local Rules , Alexander Cooley, one of America's leading younger international relations scholars, explores the dynamics of the new competition for influence over the region since 9/11. more...

  • The Lost Heart Of Asiaby Colin Thubron

    Random House 2012; US$ 15.50

    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...

  • Opium Nationby Fariba Nawa

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 11.24

    Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa delivers a revealing and deeply personal explorationof Afghanistan and the drug trade which rules the country, from corruptofficials to warlords and child brides and beyond. KhaledHosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns calls Opium Nation ?an insightful andinformative look at the... 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...