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  1. Central Asia in World History (New Oxford World History)
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  2. Central Asia in World History (New Oxford World History)

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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 in World History, Peter B. Golden provides an engaging account of this important region, ranging from prehistory to the present, focusing largely on the unique melting pot of cultures that this region has produced over millennia. Golden describes the traders who braved the heat and cold along caravan routes to link East Asia and Europe; the Mongol Empire of Chinggis Khan and his successors, the largest contiguous land empire in history; the invention of gunpowder, which allowed the great sedentary empires to overcome the horse-based nomads; the power struggles of Russia and China, and later Russia and Britain, for control of the area. Finally, he discusses the region today, a key area that neighbors such geopolitical hot spots as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China.

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This history is broad and enlightening while being short enough for a quick read. True to its introduction, it does indeed describe the role of this large, but poorly understood region, in the development of world trade (e.g., the Silk Road), military technology (e.g., the composite bow) and modern nations (e.g., Turkey and the Stans). The history is authoritative naming leaders, tribes and cities with extensive notes for further study. Nevertheless, given the strangeness of the names and remoteness of the places cited, the book could be improved significantly with one or more maps per chapter to chart the ebb and flow of the competing peoples.
If you're looking for a comprehensive, detailed and exhaustive survey; look elsewhere. However this book does provide the general reader a nice introduction to the historical topics of the region.
This book is an introduction to the world of Central Asia,
It explains the domination of central asia by Iranian Speaking Peoples and their replacement and absorption in the medieval times by Turkic Speakers. However the book offers more than that and it gives a political narrative as well as cultural history of the region without tying it to one ethnic group or another; Which the author has succeded at.
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