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A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia


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Contents. Introduction. 1. The Geography and Ecology of Inner Eurasia. 2. First Settlers: The Old Stone Age. 3. Hunters and Gatherers after the Ice Age. 4. The Neolithic Revolution: Seventh to Third Millennia BCE. 5. The Bronze Age: 3,000-1,000 BCE. 6. The 'Scythic' Era: 1,000-200 BCE. 7. Outer Eurasian Invasions and their Aftermath. 8. The Hsiung-Nu Empire. 9. 'Barbarian' Invasions before 500 CE. 10. Turkic Empires of the East. 11. Turkic Empires of Wester Inner Eurasia. 12. Mawara'n-nahr: Islamic Civilization in Central Asia. 13. The Origins of 'Rus'. 14. Before the Mongols: 1000-1220. 15. Chinggis Khan. 16. The Mongol Empire and a New 'World-System'. Conclusion. Bibliography. Chronologies. Index.

About the Author

David Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Macquarie University, Sydney where he has taught since 1975. His BA and DPhil are from Oxford University. His previous publications include Bread and Salt: A Social and Economic History of Food and Drink in Russia (1982), Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation (1990) and Imperial and Soviet Russia: Power, Privilege and the Challenge of Modernity (1997).


"Overall, this is an excellent book. It is rich in detail and has a good blend between description and history. It is everywhere fair and balanced in its interpretations. It is well written and well produced with good illustrations, maps, a useful chronology which divides the region into west, centre and east, and an excellent and extensive, albeit overwhelmingly English-language bibliography. Perhaps most important of all, although the histories of the various areas of concern to this book are reasonably well trodden paths, it crafts a new interpretation by taking up a distinct area of focus - inner Eurasia - and succeeds admirably in convincing the reader of the significance and interest of that region's history. I strongly recommend the book." Asian Ethnicity Journal "Well-written, impressive and bold synthesis ... One looks forward eagerly to volume 2." The Russian Review "Big picture history requires energy, openness and risk taking, a willingness to escape from the well-worn grooves of academe ... Christian has effected a great escape." Journal of Asian Studies

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