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The Heritage of Central Asia

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A study of the heritage of Central Asia. It brings together such distinct elements as the world of Zoroaster, the Achaemenid ecumene, the Sakas and later waves of nomadic invaders, the spread of Buddhism along the Silk Road, the historic role of the Turks, and more.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by Markus Wiener Publishers (first published June 1996)
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Jesse Morrow
Jan 01, 2016 Jesse Morrow rated it it was ok
I followed up Grousset's classic "The Empire of the Steppes" with this work. Ths work is less than classic. He calls it "From Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion." Well, from Antiquity to the coming of Islam it is largely concerned with building political histories based on collections and concentrations of coins. It is a bit dull and less opinionated than Grousset's work. My advice: read Grousset; leave this at the book store.
Bubba
Good points I hadn't thought about before:

1) the Indo-Europeans all practiced cremation, so the latter Zoroastrian practice of "sky-burial" was probably taken from the indigenous, or previous, inhabitants of Central Asia who were there when they arrived.

2) Early Kyrgyz may actually have been Indo-Euros who mixed with Turkic speakers.
Roar
The book is about Central Asia mainly in prehistoric time. The author admitts in the beginning of the book that this is a topic about which there is very little information available, so he builds his history to a large extent on old coins and other pretty sparse archaeological evidence. Not surprising then, that the book is a bit boring.
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Intersesting comparison to the history of the Celts.
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