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  • Silk Dreams, Troubled Roadby Jonny Bealby

    Random House 2012; US$ 12.69

    While in Islamabad investigating the possibilities of setting up an adventure travel company, Jonny Bealby met the woman of his dreams. Not only that, but Rachel was the person with whom he could live out his dream -- to travel the Old Silk Road on horseback. On his return to Pakistan that Christmas, however, Jonny was faced with those dreadful... 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...

  • Everyday Life in Central Asiaby Jeff Sahadeo; Russell Zanca

    Indiana University Press 2007; US$ 23.99

    For its citizens, contemporary Central Asia is a land of great promise and peril. While the end of Soviet rule has opened new opportunities for social mobility and cultural expression, political and economic dynamics have also imposed severe hardships. In this lively volume, contributors from a variety of disciplines examine how ordinary Central Asians... more...

  • Ethnographies of the State in Central Asiaby Madeleine Reeves; Johan Rasanayagam; Judith Beyer

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    With fresh and provocative insights into the everyday reality of politics in post-Soviet Central Asia, this volume moves beyond commonplaces about strong and weak states to ask critical questions about how democracy, authority, and justice are understood in this important region. In conversation with current theories of state power, the contributions... 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...

  • 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...

  • Central Asiaby Reuel R. Hanks

    ABC-CLIO 2005; US$ 55.00

    A guide to the recently emerged states of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, providing coverage of a broad range of political, economic, and cultural issues. more...

  • Global Security Watch?Central Asiaby Reuel R. Hanks

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 50.00

    This volume is the only current treatment of security issues in Central Asia for the nonspecialist, as well as specialists and policy-makers. more...

  • Central Asia in World Historyby Peter B. Golden

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 18.99

    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...

  • Identity Politics in Central Asia and the Muslim Worldby Illen Van Schendel; E. Zurcher

    I.B.Tauris 2001; US$ 29.00

    Covering Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, this study lays bare the project of nationalist modernization and the stimulation of identity politics as the result of ruthless repression of minority languages, culture, traditions and religion. It examines how these policies, which include Islam as the basis of nation-building... more...