- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 28, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521657040
- ISBN-13: 978-0521657044
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An accessible introduction to Inner Asia traces its history from the arrival of Islam, through the various dynasties to the Russian conquest. The contemporary focus rests on the seven countries which make up present-day Eurasia: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Sinkiang and Mongolia. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, renewed interest in these countries has prompted considerable debate. While a divergent literature has evolved, no comprehensive survey of the region exists. This book will fill the gap and become indispensable for anyone studying or visiting the area.
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If you are new to this subject, then none of that might seem important. But so many other works on Inner Asia presuppose that you already have this information in your head, it makes you want to hang the authors by their toes and boil them in oil. (Figuratively speaking, of course). As for the maps, they are not great, but they are several orders of magnitude better than I have seen in any other book on central Asian history.
As for the fact that the weight of the book leans toward the present, I found that refreshing also. Too many books seem to end with the dismemberment of the Golden Horde or something like that, leaving you to scratch your head and wonder: but happened after that? My gripe is that the book doesn't come far enough into the present. It ends in the late 1990's, just when things started to really heat up in the area. But that's not the authors fault. He wrote it when he wrote it.
I do, however, agree with the reviewer who complained about the spelling of Chinese names. This is for all writers on China: Hello! Wade-Giles is dead! Pinyin is now the accepted standard. Please use it. It's not Sinkiang; it's Xinjiang! To refuse to use pinyin is to needlessly (and perhaps deliberately) create confusion. Get with it, scholars.
Most fascinating is the account brings us up to the modern day, explaining the Communist state of Mongolia and the Sovietization of Central Asia, including the various autonomous 'nations' the Soviets created for groups like the Bakshir nomads and other peoples of the Steppe, preserving, creating and in come cases fragmenting culture.
The soviets even impressed language onto peoples, such as the Uzbeks, giving alphabets and coercing natives. Modern times has seen war, famine, dictatorship, Chinese encroachment, Suppression, and of course Islamization of the region. Today seperatist movements are encoruaged in China and Pan-Turk ideals are pipe dreams.
This is inner asia, a fascinatign region of diverse culture and history, fascinting linguistic ties and a history that must be told and read. A Highly readable book about an amazing place and a wonderful people. Anyone interested in the world, in history or new ideas will enjoy this read.
Seth J. Frantzman
Unfortunately, "A History of Inner Asia" does not meet this need. It purports to cover nearly 1400 years, from the emergence of Islam to the present, but this coverage is very unbalanced - about a third of the book is devoted to the last 100 years. The challenge of a history covering such a diverse and complex region is to weave the threads into a coherent account. The author has not met this challenge. A lot of detail has been amassed between the covers of this book, but writing good history requires more than amassing detail. Consequently, the book does not engage the reader's interest.
The author displays a surprising failure of scholarship in his treatment of Chinese names. Instead of adopting the standard Pinyin transliterations, he uses an arbitrary mixture of transliterations, apparently at random. Mixed with Pinyin (Beijing, Xian) we find old Wade-Giles spellings (Hsi-Hsia, Hsuan-Tsang) and old British spellings derived from Cantonese pronunciation (Sinkiang). Sometimes the same Chinese character is represented in different ways on the same page! (Peiting, Beijing - the first syllable of both place-names is the Chinese character for "north"). Bei Lu is in Pinyin on page 266, but spelt "Peilu" in the index. Some of the transliterations do not follow any system; for example in Appendix 2, where the Chinese for "autonomous region" (zizhi qu, in pinyin) is rendered as "zeji chu". The author seems to have made it up, or possibly transliterated into the Latin alphabet from some Cyrillic transliteration.