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.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the concept of Inner Asia
2. The geographical setting Robert N. Taaffe
3. Inner Asia at the dawn of history A. P.
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
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.
14. Early and medieval Tibet Helmut Hoffman
15. The forest peoples of Manchuria: Kitans and
Jurchens Herbert Franke