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The History of Central Asia: The Age of the Steppe Warriors

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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 transm ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by I. B. Tauris
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Ralph
May 26, 2014 Ralph rated it it was amazing

Yes, you want to read this book. Its a big beautiful coffee table book loaded with fantastic pictures. Like if you wanted to draw a map of a bronze age city...hey, here's an aerial photograph of a fully excavated one for inspiration...hint...it don't look like most city maps. The regional maps are actual sattelite images with the locations added in so you get a real feel for why one big desert area is labeled as 4 seperate deserts...because they're radically different terrain, and you can actual
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Richard Newton
This is one of those books that fits into several categories, and I think suffers a little because of this. It is the size of a coffee table book, is beautifully presented and full of fabulous photographs and other images. If you are after such a book for your coffee table - this one is a 5 star beauty.

I got it to read, rather than simply to skim through. As a book to read it is less successful. It falls into that difficult category in that it is not an academic book, but it is not an easy read
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Clint Dalrymple
While the pictures were pretty, the history was mediocre and at in places flat out carelessly done.
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