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Central Asia

  • 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...

  • The Hellenistic Far Eastby Rachel Mairs

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 85.00

    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...

  • Into the Heart of the Himalayasby Jono Lineen

    Melbourne University Press 2014; US$ 13.33

    When Jono Lineen's brother died in tragic circumstances, he gave up a comfortable life, moved to the Himalayas and over eight years immersed himself in the cultures of the world's highest mountains. The experience culminates in his book Into the Heart of the Himalayas , a fascinating memoir that traces his solo trekking odyssey from Pakistan... more...

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

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 89.00

    Covering countries ranging from Afghanistan and China to Kazakhstan and Russia, this encyclopedia supplies detailed information and informed perspectives, enabling readers to comprehend Asian ethnic groups as well as Asian politics and history. 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...

  • 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$ 14.38

    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...

  • Tearing up the Silk Roadby Tom Coote

    Garnet Publishing (UK) Ltd 2012; US$ 10.19

    Tearing up the Silk Road is an irreverent travelogue that details a journey along the ancient trade routes from China to Istanbul, through Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus. As Tom Coote struggles through the often arbitrary borders and bureaucracies of China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey, it becomes apparent... more...