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
  • Empires Of The Silk Road: A History Of Central Eurasia From The Bronze Age To The Present
ISBN: 0691150346
EAN13: 9780691150345
Language: English
Release Date: May 8, 2011
Pages: 512
Dimensions: 1.6" H x 8.4" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.01 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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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 Read More chevron_right

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