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Nomads of Eurasia (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R.) Hardcover – March, 1989

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Published to accompany a touring exhibition of archeological and ethnographic materials, these 12 essays provide an articulate introduction to nomadic and semi-nomadic peoples of the Eurasian steppes--the territories from the northern shores of the Black Sea to Mongolia and northern China. From approximately the first millennium B.C. until the early part of this century, the Scythians and Sakians, Huns, Turks, Mongols and Tatars wandered over huge areas; their economy was based on animal husbandry, which determined their itinerant habits and their homes (the collapsible yurt ); household tools and objects were by necessity portable and durable. The nomads invented the saddle, stirrup and saber, and may have originated bowed stringed instruments. Chapters on jewelry, rug-making, clothing, weaponry and religious beliefs and practices round out this strikingly illustrated book. Basilov is the author of several works on the religious practices of Central Asian peoples.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr; 1st edition (March 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029596815X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295968155
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Vladimir Basilov's broad history of Central Asian nomadic cultures is a companion volume to a traveling exhibit of nomadic steppe art put together by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1990-1991. Basilov's book is not merely a catalog of the exhibit, but rather is designed to provide a background chronology of the cultures encompassed and thus grounding the viewer/reader in an understanding of the artifacts and the peoples who produced them.
Basilov, as editor and principal writer, begins with an introduction that describes the land and conditions that support a nomadic lifestyle in these steppe areas of Central Asia, with an overview of the chronology of Central Asia. The first chapter, written by Larisa R. Pavlinskaya, describes in detail the archaelogical findings on the Scythian and Sakaian cultures of the first millennium BC the next chapter, by Evgenii I. Lubo-Lesnichenko, is devoted to the Huns, linking them the Hsiung-nu who ravaged China's western borders up to the sixth century AD, and drawing on both Chinese and European primary sources to enhance this history. Each chapter builds on the information of the previous chapters, as in the next chapter on the Turkic peoples of the sixth to twelfth centuries, written by Sev'yan I. Vainshtein, who links the culture of Turkic tribes to those of the earlier Scythians and later Mongols, setting-up an understanding of the origins of Mongolian culture which then becomes the focus of the book. In this chapter also can be seen the multifaceted, multi-tribal nature of these cultures which the author shows by focusing both on distinctions between different tribes like the Uigher, Avar, and Oghuz as well as the similarities inherent in all such warrior-nomadic societies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This museum catalog is one of the best of any I have seen. I was fortunate enough to be involved in a living history demonstration when this exhibit came to Los Angeles in about 1991. The catalog covers the best and most significant pieces from the show (which I find rare among museum catalogs). It begins with comprehensive coverage of the history of the tribes of this region. Other chapters in the catalog are devoted to spirituality (both concepts and religious artifacts), clothing, jewelry, housing and other commonly used items. It has become one of my favorite pictoral reference books on Eurasia.
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