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The Cambridge History of Early Inner Asia


  • Page extent: 532 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.95 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 958
  • Dewey version: 19
  • LC Classification: DS329.4 .C35 1990
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Asia, Central--History

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521243049 | ISBN-10: 0521243041)

This volume introduces the geographical setting of Central Asia and follows its history from the palaeolithic era to the rise of the Mongol empire in the thirteenth century. From earliest times Central Asia linked and separated the great sedentary civilisations of Europe and Asia. In the pre-modern period 'Inner Asia' was definable more as a cultural than a geographical entity, its frontiers shifting according to the changing balances of power. Written by distinguished international scholars who have pioneered the exploration of Central Asia's poorly documented past, this volume discusses chronologically the varying historical achievements of the disparate population groups in the region.


Preface; 1. Introduction: the concept of Inner Asia Denis Sinor; 2. The geographical setting Robert N. Taaffe; 3. Inner Asia at the dawn of history A. P. Okladnikov; 4. The Scythians and Sarmatians A. I. Melyukvoa; 5. The Hsiung-nu Ying-Shih Yu; 6. Indo-Europeans in Inner Asia A. K. Narain; 7. The Hun period Denis Sinor; 8. The Avars Samuel Szadeczky-Kardoss; 9. The peoples of the Russian forest belt Peter B. Golden; 10. The peoples of the south Russian steppes Peter B. Golden; 11. The establishment and dissolution of the Turk empire Denis Sinor; 12. The Uighars Colin Mackerras; 13. The Karakhanids and early Islam Peter B. Golden; 14. Early and medieval Tibet Helmut Hoffman; 15. The forest peoples of Manchuria: Kitans and Jurchens Herbert Franke; Bibliographies; Index.


Denis Sinor, Robert N. Taaffe, A. P. Okladnikov, A. I. Melyukova, Ying-Shih Yu, A. K. Narain, Samuel Szadeczky-Kardoss, Peter B. Golden, Colin Mackerras, Helmut Hoffman, Herbert Franke

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