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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 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...

  • 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...

  • The Lost Heart Of Asiaby Colin Thubron

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.11

    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...

  • 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...

  • Political Chronology of Central, South and East Asiaby Europa Publications

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 315.00

    Profiles the major political events in the histories of the countries of Central, South and East Asia * An individual chronology for each country of the region * Provides a concise profile of events from early history up to the mid-twentieth century as well as presenting greater detail on more recent events more...

  • Small Players of the Great Gameby Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    This book deals with the 19th century Anglo-Russian Great Game played out on the territorial chessboard of eastern and north-eastern parts of the waning Persian empire. The Great Game itself has been written about extensively, but never from a Persian angle and from the point of view of the local players in that game. Looking at the territorial consequences... 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...

  • 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...