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History of Civilizations of Central Asia (6 Vol. set)

Author:
Chahryar Adle, Edi Mahdavan, K. Palat and Anara Tabyshalieva
Published Date:
2005
Format:
Hardcover 5000
ISBN:
978-9231039850
Dimension:
9.6" x 6.2" x 1.6"
Shipping Weight:
20 pounds
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Price:
US$ 655
Afs. 42575
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Edited and written by a Scientific Committee composed of two scholars from each of the seven Central Asian countries -- Afghanistan, China, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, Mongolia and the former USSR -- and five experts from other countries -- Hungary, Japan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, the quality of the scholarship is excellent. The experts are the tops in their fields and the chapters accurately reflect the latest research and theories. Only the Chinese writers succumb to a nationalism that causes them to reveal the influence of the modern political situation. Even then, the information is not wrong, but simply shaded in emphasis. Tibet is called a kingdom whereas other writers have called it an empire. The invasions and conquests of the Xiong Nu (Hsiung Nu) receive a line here and there while the Chinese conquests and influences receive many paragraphs, even though the time periods for each are roughly comparable. Etc. But it is not serious, and anyway, the nomads are dealt with more fully in other volumes in the series.

The bottom line is that one simply cannot find this material anywhere else, unless by pursuing many, many obscure journals from all parts of the world,including faraway India, which are no longer available and often written in other languages.

For purposes of the book, Central Asia is defined as the civilizations of Afghanistan, northeastern Iran, Pakistan, northern India, western China, Mongolia and the former Soviet Central Asian republics.

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