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  • 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...

  • The Lost Heart Of Asiaby Colin Thubron

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.54

    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, USA 2012; US$ 24.99

    The Silk Road is as iconic in world history as the Colossus of Rhodes or the Suez Canal. But what was it, exactly? It conjures up a hazy image of a caravan of camels laden with silk on a dusty desert track, reaching from China to Rome. The reality was different--and far more interesting--as revealed in this new history.In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen... 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...

  • Writing Travel in Central Asian Historyby Nile Green

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 24.99

    For centuries, travelers have made Central Asia known to the wider world through their writings. In this volume, scholars employ these little-known texts in a wide range of Asian and European languages to trace how Central Asia was gradually absorbed into global affairs. The representations of the region brought home to China and Japan, India and... more...

  • Beyond Memoryby Greta Lynn Uehling

    Palgrave Macmillan 2004; US$ 43.00

    This book offers the first in-depth, ethnographic exploration of the Crimean Tatars' experience of deportation from Ukraine at the end of World War II, examining how "memories" and sentiments were created and came to shape the dramatic repatriation to historic lands, which involved squatting and self-immolation. more...

  • Securing the Indian Frontier in Central Asiaby Martin Ewans

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 49.95

    Throughout the nineteenth century, Central Asia was the scene of periodic confrontations between Britain and Russia. Sir Martin Ewans provides a ?history of thought' of this crucial period in Central Asia by examining of the strategic thinking and diplomatic discourse of the most intense decades of the confrontation. more...

  • Global Security Watch?The Caucasus Statesby Houman A. Sadri

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 50.00

    This insider perspective examines the main sources of security threat and political instability in the Caucasus states of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia. more...

  • The Dust Of Empireby Karl E. Meyer

    PublicAffairs 2008; US$ 15.00

    A "rattling good"* inquiry into the historical impact of Western involvement with Central Asia, spelling out the implications for the United States and its allies today *( New York Times Book Review ) more...

  • Tournament of Shadowsby Karl E. Meyer; Shareen Blair Brysac

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 19.95

    In this updated edition, the authors reflect on Central Asia's history since the end of the Russo-Afghan war, and particularly in the wake of 9/11. more...