A History of Inner Asia

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 17, 2000 - 369 pages
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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.--Publisher description.
 

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Contents

The beginnings
46
The Kok Turks the Chinese expansion and the Arab conquest
51
The Samanids
70
The Uighur kingdom of Qocho
77
The Qarakhanids
83
Sejukids and Ghazjiavids
93
The conquering Mongols
103
The Chaghatayids
117
The Russian conquest and rule of Central Asia
195
From GovernoratesGeneral to Union Republics
209
Soviet Central Asia
225
Central Asia becomes independent
254
Sinkiang as part of China
263
Independent Central Asian Republics
275
The Republic of Mongolia
297
Summary and conclusion
303

Timur and the Timurids
123
The last Timurids and the first Uzbeks
144
The Shaybanids
149
The rise of Russia the fall of the Golden Horde and the resilient Chaghatayids
162
The Buddhist Mongols
167
Bukhara Khiva and Khoqand in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries
177
Dynastic tables
316
Country data
331
Select bibliography
341
Index
360
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