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


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

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  • Titel:Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present
  • Dateiname: empires-of-the-silk-road-a-history-of-central-eurasia-from-the-bronze-age-to-the-present.pdf
  • ISBN: 284628691150346
  • Datum des Hochladens: 2020-01-15
  • Anzahl der Seiten: 536 Seiten
  • Autor: Christopher I. Beckwith
  • Verlag: Christopher I. Beckwith

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Pressestimmen 'Ambitious provocative and bristling with new ideas Empires of the Silk Road will set off sparks. The book's clearly articulated themes are lively and stimulating and Beckwith's integration of European Central Asian and East Asian materials makes this a major work in Eurasian and world history. In range and depth this readable book is quite unlike any other.'--Peter B. Golden Rutgers University'Christopher I. Beckwith professor of Central Eurasian studies at Indiana University suggests in his recent book Empires of the Silk Road (Princeton University Press) that 'the most crucial element' of societies all through Central Eurasia--including the ones analyzed by this exhibition--was the 'sociopolitical-religious ideal of the heroic lord' and of a 'war band of his friends' that was attached to him and 'sworn to defend him to the death.' This idea he suggests affected the organization of early Islam as well as the structure of Tibetan Buddhist devotion. In fact this 'shared political ideology across Eurasia ' Mr. Beckwith suggests 'ensured nearly constant warfare.' The region's history is a history of competing empires; trade became part of what was later called the Great Game.'---Edward Rothstein New York Times'[T]his is no mere survey. Beckwith systematically demolishes the almost universal presumption that the peoples and powers of Inner Asia were typically predatory raiders and thus supplied themselves by extracting loot and tribute from more settled populations. . . . With his work there is finally a fitting counterpart to Peter B. Golden's magnificently comprehensive An Introduction to the History of the Turkic Peoples: Ethnogenesis and State Formation in Medieval and Early Modern Eurasia and the Middle East based on Arabic Hebrew Persian Greek Latin and European medieval sources. By reading just two books anyone can now sort out Charlemagne's Avar Ring the Golden Horde modern Kazakhs and Uzbeks ancient Scyths Borodin's Polovtsian dances (they were Cumans) present-day Turks Seljuks Ottomans early Turks and Bulghars and Bulgarians among many less familiar states or nations.'---Edward Luttwak New Republic'[E]rudite and iconoclastic [Empires of the Silk Road] provides a wealth of new ideas perspectives and information about the political and other formations that flourished in that large portion of the world known as Central Eurasia. . . . [A] major contribution to Central Eurasian and world history.'---Nicola Di Cosmo Journal of Global History'[T]his volume is certain to provoke lively discussion across the field.'---Scott C. Levi American Historical Review'This book demands our attention and will stimulate interest and debate in many circles. The author is to be congratulated on a book that is both thoughtful and provocative in its call for a reassessment of Central Eurasia and its role in world history.'---Michael R. Drompp Journal of Asian Studies'In the process of illuminating this essential piece of the human past Beckwick constructs a scrupulously researched narrative that is wholly accessible and demands close attention.'---Nicholas Basbanes FineBooksMagazine.com'[Beckwith] is quite a feisty writer as in his hot-tempered preface excoriating post-modern thought. . . . Prof. Beckwith is one of those scholars whose almost innumerable footnotes can be relished for their wonderfully obscure detail.'---George Fetherling Diplomat & International Canada'Beckwith is the first to have carried off the feat of actually writing a history of this whole expanse of time and space in a way stimulating enough to make the reader think about it from start to finish. There is certainly something heroic about that and this book deserves therefore to go into paperback very much as it is uncompromised by any retractions that may be forced upon its author by others.'---T. H. Barrett Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies'The result of a lifetime's work on Central Asia and a complete overturning of many of our preconceptions. . . . Essential.'---Hugh Andrew Glasgow Herald Buchrückseite 'Empires of the Silk Road is a major scholarly achievement. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of the history of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the present. But it is much more than a simple narrative of events in what is arguably the most important region for the development of civilization during the past four or five millennia. It is an intellectually ambitious undertaking that attempts to account for essential transformations in the cultural economic and political life of societies situated both within the Central Eurasian heartland and on its periphery. Beckwith achieves the radical feat of demonstrating how Central Eurasia is actually key for understanding the dynamics of human history and progress throughout antiquity the medieval period and the recent past. Above all and for the first time he convincingly shows that Central Eurasia was not a sump of poverty-stricken unremittingly vicious subhumans but a wellspring of vibrant energetic resourceful enterprising peoples who facilitated communication and change in all directions. In other words Beckwith turns conventional wisdom on its head and makes Central Eurasia the core of human history rather than the embarrassing backwater which it is usually portrayed as. Perhaps his greatest contribution is in the powerful sustained epilogue where he shatters a whole galaxy of misconceptions about the dreaded 'barbarians.''--Victor H. Mair University of Pennsylvania'Ambitious provocative and bristling with new ideas Empires of the Silk Road will set off sparks. The book's clearly articulated themes are lively and stimulating and Beckwith's integration of European Central Asian and East Asian materials makes this a major work in Eurasian and world history. In range and depth this readable book is quite unlike any other.'--Peter B. Golden Rutgers University'Empires of the Silk Road is a major scholarly achievement. . . . Beckwith turns conventional wisdom on its head and makes Central Eurasia the core of human history rather than the embarrassing backwater which it is usually portrayed as.'--Victor H. Mair University of Pennsylvania Alle Produktbeschreibungen

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