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A History of Inner Asia - Svat Soucek

A History of Inner Asia

Paperback Published: 27th April 2000
ISBN: 9780521657044
Number Of Pages: 384

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Svat Soucek's book offers a short and accessible introduction to the history of Inner Asia. The narrative, which begins with the arrival of Islam, charts the rise and fall of the different dynasties right up to the Russian conquest. Dynastic tables and maps augment and elucidate the text. The contemporary focus rests on the seven countries which make up the core of present-day Eurasia, that is Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Sinkiang and Mongolia. Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, renewed interest in these countries has prompted considerable political, cultural, economic and religious debate. While a divergent literature has evolved in consequence, no comprehensive survey of the region has been attempted. Soucek's history promises to fill this gap and to become an indispensable source of information for anyone studying or visiting the region.

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'... an up-to-date and systematic, and at the same time short and accessible historical introduction to the countries and nations of Central Asia.' Acta Orientalia 'The information presented is comprehensive and of remarkably fluid reading considering the complexity of the subject. ... It is indeed a distinct merit of Soucek's to subscribe to the integrity of this field with a work of sound scholarship and broad reach.' New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

Introduction
The beginnings
The Kok Turks, Chinese expansion and the Arab conquest
The Samanids
The Uighur kingdom of Qocho
The Qarakhanids
Seljukids and Ghaznavids
The conquering Mongols
The Chaghatayids
Timur and the Timurids
The last Timurids and the first Uzbeks
The Shaybanids
The rise of Russia, the fall of the Golden Horde, and the resilient Chaghatayids
The Buddhist Mongols
Bukhara, Khiva, and Khoqand in the seventeenth - nineteenth centuries
The Russian conquest and rule of Central Asia
From the Governates-General to Union Republics
Soviet Central Asia
Central Asia becomes independent
Sinkiang as part of China
Independent Central Asian Republics
The Republic of Mongolia
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ISBN: 9780521657044
ISBN-10: 0521657040
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th April 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.99  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52

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