Sons of the Conquerors
by Hugh Pope
HardCover. Pub the Date: May. 2005 Pages: 432 in Publisher by: Overlook Press. Of The of The definitive. World-encompassing account of the history and culture of the Turkish people by one of the world's most acclaimed experts. Hugh Pope has traveled the world to encounter and assimilate the many facets of this complex and fascinating ethnic group. distilling the essential...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Overlook Hardcover
(first published May 12th 2005)
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An excellent journey through the Turkic world, particularly providing good insight on the often-ignored former Soviet republics of Central Asia. Pope's background as a journalist makes his prose readable and engaging as he provides personal anecdotes within the larger explanation of the history and politics of the region. Although a journalist, Pope still provides good, detailed insight into the region, its politics and problems, and their historical roots, by virtue of his high level of educati...more
This book focuses on the history and contemporary situation of the Turkic peoples, mostly the people of Turkey, but also the Central Asian peoples. The author focuses on half a dozen characteristics of these peoples: strong militaries, strong political leaders, a unique version of Islam, conflict with neighboring countries, and natural resources. He focuses mainly on how the Turks exemplify these characteristics, and then compares them to other Turkic peoples. The book is well-researched and wel...more
Central Asia has always carried such mystery for me, so I was excited to learn more about it. These are the descendants of the Mongols. I learned that the ancient Silk Road is mostly mythical; then as today it is more efficient and safer to travel by sea. In the news lately we have read of the plight of the Uighurs, who are a Turkic people living in western China. This book gives us more insight into these people.
Comprehensive survey of the Turkic world today from Central Asia to the Turkish diaspora in US/EU. Focus on politics (author is journalist). Keeping track of names was tough, and the story always seemed to be the same- exploitation from without, corruption from within, impoverished citizens hanging on and offering their best to the foreign journalist. Kind of depressing.
Entertaining book on the Turkic people who inhabit areas from Berlin all the way to Xinjiang. You'll learn a lot about Turkic history and also the modern countries that the people inhabit. The writer manages to spin a very interesting narrative, however, so it never feels like a textbook. Highly recommended.
Nov 27, 2011 Ajk rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People just beginning to learn about Turkey.
I read this after I returned from Turkey for the first time and loved it. Pope's genuine enthusiasm for the material makes it a lot of fun to read, but he's analytical enough to be skeptical of first glances and go deeper. This is one of a few things that made me want to begin looking East of Turkey.
While the travelogue style lends to a broad view of the Turkic peoples, without the depth of a straight history, this focus proved to be the strength of the book. Pope provides an overview of modern day realities set into historical context. A good introduction to the peoples and regions covered.
Pope writes well, and his 20+ years of living in the Turkic world do give him a depth of knowledge. The only problem (unavoidable) is that the book is becoming a bit dated. So much has happened in this part of the world since the book was published, even though it has only been a few years.