The epic plains and arid deserts of Central Asia have witnessed some of the greatest migrations, as well as many of the most transformative developments, in the history of civilization Christoph Baumer s ambitious four volume treatment of the region charts the 3000 year drama of Scythians and Sarmatians Soviets and transcontinental Silk Roads trade routes and the transmission of ideas across the steppes and the breathless and brutal conquests of Alexander the Great and Chinghiz Khan Masterfully interweaving the stories of individuals and peoples, the author s engaging prose is richly augmented throughout by color photographs taken on his own travels For all the complexity of the history, Dr Baumer, a noted authority on Central Asia, never loses sight of the sweeping grandeur of its overall setting Volume 1 focuses on the geography of the area now occupied by present day Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, northern Afghanistan, western and central Mongolia and parts of southern Russia and northern China Discussing the changing climates of the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages, the author explores subjects as diverse as glacial retreat the invention of the wheel the legendary Cimmerians and s Hellenism and Zoroastrianism and the Oxus Treasure Future volumes will explore the later historical periods of the region....
|Title||:||The History of Central Asia: The Age of the Steppe Warriors|
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The History of Central Asia: The Age of the Steppe Warriors Reviews
This is two books in one. The first is a picture book with lotsa pretty pictures on heavy paper. It weighs over 5 pounds and is 20 inches wide when opened, so about the only way to read it is to put it on a table and stand up. As usual, the pictures do not add much to the text. The second book is volume one of a four-volume history of central Asia. Like many archeologists, Baumer often buries the narrative inside discussions of tombs and pots. Grousset and Sinor are somewhat better, but the history of Central Asia is too complex for anyone to make it look simple. I would borrow it from a library but I am not sure I would buy it. That said, it often has more information than the usual sources, but you need to work with the index, which is excellent.
Actually, I'm Jim Bates, Katie's husband. The book is a good reference and source book for non specialists (like myself). One of its virtues is the emphasis on geography and climatology as determinants of events in the prehistory and history of Central Asia. The seemingly never to end discussions of burial practices and grave goods can seem tiresome, but if you don't resist them and go with the flow, the reward will be enhanced skill for dealing with this kind of material and development of a base in common sense for these methods of reconstructing history. Shaky as it is, its all there is for times, places and people. I credit the author with pausing from time to time to sum up, but the book needs a lot more of this kind of text. It would be going too far to characterize it as a "data dump." but more than once the thought occurred to me.
Wonderful pictures, text a bit light but effective in giving essential details without a lot of complexity not needed in such a coffee table book still with some academic value.
The illustrations are worth the price. But I wouldn't call this history. It's hopping from one grave to another. I have gotten half way through and will probably finish as I paid so much for it. I wouldn't buy it again.
This is the first book in a new limited history of the Asian steppes and its people. I like it and look forward to the rest of the series of books.
Well done book on subject
Excellent story of the lives of ancient civilisations and people in parts of the world that are seldom covered for readers limited to the English language like me. Hundreds of beautiful coloured pictures of ruins, artefacts and maps to liven up the text and add context. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the earliest centuries of the buffer zone between East and West. Volume 2 is equally good.