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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern Worldby Jack Weatherford

    Crown/Archetype 2005; US$ 16.00

    The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. But the surprising truth is that Genghis Khan was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening,... 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...

  • Mongols, Turks, and Othersby Reuven Amitai; Michal Biran

    BRILL 2004; US$ 156.00

    The interaction between Eurasian pastoral nomads and the surrounding sedentary societies is a major theme in world history. This volume explores the mulitfarious nature of nomadic society and its relations with China, Russia and the Middle East from antiquity into the contemporary world with emphasis on the Mongol and Turkish peoples. more...

  • Comte de Gobineau and Orientalismby Geoffrey Nash; Daniel O'Donoghue

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 48.95

    Though known to specialists, Comte de Gobineau?s vital if idiosyncratic contribution to Orientalism has only been accessible to the English reader through secondary sources. Especially important for its portrayal of an esoteric Sufi sect like the Ahl-i Haqq, and its vivid narrative of the Babi episode in Persia, Gobineau?s work impacted significantly... more...

  • Global Security Watch?Central Asiaby Reuel Hanks

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 55.00

    Global Security Watch?Central Asia is the first authoritative examination of the security issues affecting, and affected by, the region where Russia, South Asia, China, and the Middle East meet. The author provides a comprehensive account of the strategic importance and challenges facing Central Asia written for policymakers, students, researchers,... 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...

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

    I.B.Tauris 2001; US$ 14.95

    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...

  • 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...

  • The Silk Roadby Valerie Hansen

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 14.99

    The Silk Road conjures up an image a lone traveler carrying silk as he sits atop a camel and moves along a desert highway. This book offers concrete evidence for what he was really carrying and where he was heading, looking at the key sites along the multiple silk roads, using newly discovered documents preserved in the sands of the Taklamakan Desert. more...

  • Treasures of the Great Silk Roadby Edgar Knobloch

    The History Press 2013; US$ 26.24

    Turkestan - the great landmass of Central Asia and Western China - is an intriguing meeting point of civilizations. Four major invasions - Greek, Arab, Mongol and Russian - together with Persian, Turkic and Chinese culturual influences, have made their mark on this vast and sometime forbidding region. The Great Silk Route ran to the West through it,... more...