Empires of the Silk Road A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present

ISBN-10: 0691150346
ISBN-13: 9780691150345
Edition: 2009
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Description: The first complete history of Central Eurasia from ancient times to the present day,Empires of the Silk Roadrepresents a fundamental rethinking of the origins, history, and significance of this major world region. Christopher Beckwith describes the  More...

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

The first complete history of Central Eurasia from ancient times to the present day,Empires of the Silk Roadrepresents a fundamental rethinking of the origins, history, and significance of this major world region. Christopher Beckwith describes the rise and fall of the great Central Eurasian empires, including those of the Scythians, Attila the Hun, the Turks and Tibetans, and Genghis Khan and the Mongols. In addition, he explains why the heartland of Central Eurasia led the world economically, scientifically, and artistically for many centuries despite invasions by Persians, Greeks, Arabs, Chinese, and others. In retelling the story of the Old World from the perspective of Central Eurasia, the author provides a new understanding of the internal and external dynamics of the Central Eurasian states and shows how their people repeatedly revolutionized Eurasian civilization.Beckwith recounts the Indo-Europeans' migration out of Central Eurasia, their mixture with local peoples, and the resulting development of the Graeco-Roman, Persian, Indian, and Chinese civilizations; he details the basis for the thriving economy of premodern Central Eurasia, the economy's disintegration following the region's partition by the Chinese and Russians in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the damaging of Central Eurasian culture by Modernism; and he discusses the significance for world history of the partial reemergence of Central Eurasian nations after the collapse of the Soviet Union.Empires of the Silk Roadplaces Central Eurasia within a world historical framework and demonstrates why the region is central to understanding the history of civilization.

Christopher I. Beckwith is professor of Central Eurasian studies at Indiana University. His other books include "The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia" (Princeton).

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviation and Sigla
Introduction
Prologue: The Hero and His Friends
The Chariot Warriors
The Royal Scythians
Between Roman and Chinese Legions
The Age of Attila the Hun
The T�rk Empire
The Silk Road, Revolution, and Collapse
The Vikings and Cathay
Changgis Khan and the Mongol Conquests
Central Eurasians Ride to a European Sea
The Road Is Closed
Eurasia without a Center
Central Eurasia Reborn
Epilogue: The Barbarians
The Proto-Indo-Europeans and Their Diaspora
Ancient Central Eurasian Ethnonyms
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index
Maps

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