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Central Asia

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Caucasusby James Forsyth

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 128.00

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

  • Silk Dreams, Troubled Roadby Jonny Bealby

    Random House 2012; US$ 13.08

    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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...