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  • Tearing up the Silk Roadby Tom Coote

    Garnet Publishing (UK) Ltd 2012; US$ 10.19

    Tearing up the Silk Road is an irreverent travelogue that details a journey along the ancient trade routes from China to Istanbul, through Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus. As Tom Coote struggles through the often arbitrary borders and bureaucracies of China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey, it becomes apparent... more...

  • The Hellenistic Far Eastby Rachel Mairs

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 85.00

    In the aftermath of Alexander the Great?s conquests in the late fourth century B.C., Greek garrisons and settlements were established across Central Asia, through Bactria (modern-day Afghanistan) and into India. Over the next three hundred years, these settlements evolved into multiethnic, multilingual communities as much Greek as they were indigenous.... more...

  • Life on the watershedby Eva Kaptijn

    Sidestone Press 2009; US$ 37.75

    The scarcity of water is a major problem in many parts of the Near East today and has been so in the past. To survive in such a region people should be able to structurally attain more water than rainfall alone can supply. The archaeology of this area should not only identify when people inhabited such a region and what the character of this habitation... more...

  • Islamic Central Asiaby Scott C. Levi; Ron Sela

    Indiana University Press 2009; US$ 24.99

    Islamic Central Asia is the first English-language anthology of primary documents for the study of Central Asian history. Scott C. Levi and Ron Sela draw from a vast array of historical sources to illustrate important aspects of the social, cultural, political, and economic history of Islamic Central Asia. These documents?many newly translated and... more...

  • The Caucasusby James Forsyth

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 128.00

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

  • Heartlands of Eurasiaby Anita Sengupta

    Lexington Books 2009; US$ 79.99

    Based on an exploration of the heartland debate, Heartlands of Eurasia examines how the vision of the 'pivotal' significance of a vast expanse of land finds its echoes in contemporary narratives, yet is also reinterpreted in creative ways to reflect contemporary political dynamics. In its examination of new methodological terminologies dealing with... more...

  • Postsocialismby C.M. Hann

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 50.95

    Social scientists did not predict the collapse of the socialist system in 1989-91 and their attempts to explain postsocialism have not been comprehensive. Economic disintegration and political instability have been documented, but the deeper causes have often gone unnoticed. Consequently the solutions proffered, such as the promotion of non-governmental... more...

  • The Headless Stateby David Sneath

    Columbia University Press 2008; US$ 64.99

    In this groundbreaking work, social anthropologist David Sneath aggressively dispels the myths surrounding the history of steppe societies and proposes a new understanding of the nature and formation of the state. Since the colonial era, representations of Inner Asia have been dominated by images of fierce nomads organized into clans and tribes-but... more...

  • The Development of Pre-State Communities in the Ancient Near Eastby Diane Bolger; Louise C. Maguire

    Oxbow Books 2010; US$ 38.00

    This book explores the dynamics of small-scale societies in the ancient Near East by examining the ways in which particular communities functioned and interacted and by moving beyond the broad neo-evolutionary models of social change which have characterised many earlier approaches. By focusing on issues of diversity, scale, and context, it considers... more...

  • Into the Heart of the Himalayasby Jono Lineen

    Melbourne University Press 2014; Not Available

    When Jono Lineen's brother died in tragic circumstances, he gave up a comfortable life, moved to the Himalayas and over eight years immersed himself in the cultures of the world's highest mountains. The experience culminates in his book Into the Heart of the Himalayas , a fascinating memoir that traces his solo trekking odyssey from Pakistan... more...