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Central Asia

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  • The Headless Stateby David Sneath

    Columbia University Press 2008; US$ 69.99

    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...

  • Silk Dreams, Troubled Roadby Jonny Bealby

    Random House 2012; US$ 12.68

    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 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...

  • The Caucasusby James Forsyth

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 44.00

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

  • Ethnic Groups of North, East, and Central Asia: An Encyclopediaby James Minahan

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 89.00

    Asia is quickly becoming one of the most important regions of the world?culturally, economically, and politically. This work provides encyclopedic coverage of a wide array of Central, North, and East Asian ethnic groups, including those in eastern Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, Taiwan, Japan,... more...

  • The Hellenistic Far Eastby Rachel Mairs

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 34.95

    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...

  • The Punditsby Derek Waller

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    On a September day in 1863, Abdul Hamid entered the Central Asian city of Yarkand. Disguised as a merchant, Hamid was actually an employee of the Survey of India, carrying concealed instruments to enable him to map the geography of the area. Hamid did not live to provide a first-hand count of his travels. Nevertheless, he was the advance guard of... 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...