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The Turks in World History

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Beginning in Inner Asia two thousand years ago, the Turks have migrated and expanded to form today's Turkish Republic, five post-Soviet republics, other societies across Eurasia, and a global diaspora. For the first time in a single, accessible volume, this book traces the Turkic peoples' trajectory from steppe, to empire, to nation-state. Cultural, economic, social, and p ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 11th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2004)
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Caracalla
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very solid survey of the history of Turkic speaking groups. It's only 250 pages so not enough really enough to give a detailed treatment of anything and although that's understandable it's also somewhat disappointing given the interest that a detailed treatment of Ottoman society and culture, or the Great Game, or the conquests of Timur. Instead the book ties its subject together with a sort of comparative politics approach, detailing the different destinies of Turkic groups in Anatolia, the C ...more
Mark Rossiter
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book by Carter Vaughn Findley of Ohio State University (whose Wikipedia page is in Turkish), traces the movement of the Turkic and Turkish peoples through history from the earliest records of steppe nomads on the margins of ancient empires (the Scythians for the Romans, the Xiongnu for the Chinese) to the contemporary Turkish republic which inhabits Anatolia and Thrace, and Turkic post-Soviet central Asia and Xinjiang. He sees all of these folk as a loose cultural and linguistic unit, but w ...more
Hakan
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 vermemin sebebi biraz reklam amacli:) Turk kulturunun daha cok kisi tarafindan ogrenilmesi amacli diyelim. Bir Turk olarak cogunlukla asina oldugunuz seyleri bulucaksiniz kitapta. O acidan yeni bir seyler ogrenmek icin pek uygun olmayabilir. Ama bir yabanciya epey bir seyler katacagini fusunuyorum. En guzel buldugum yani haliciligi Turklerin diger ozellikleri ile cok guzel bir sekilde sentez yapip bunu butun kitaba yaymasi. Orta asya turkleri ve anadolu turklerinin son donem icin 1900 ve sonra ...more
Helmut
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Uninspirierter Flickenteppich

Der Teppich - ein zentrales türkisches Kulturfundament - wird in diesem Fachbuch über die Geschichte der Türken von ihren Ursprüngen in Zentralasien über die Islamisierung bis heute als Metapher für die Entwicklung der Gesellschaft genutzt. Eine wirklich tolle Idee, leider schlecht umgesetzt.

Dieses Fachbuch, laut Klappentext auch inbesondere für den Laien geschrieben, hat mich schwer enttäuscht. Meine Erfahrung ist, dass englischsprachige Fachbücher in den allermeis
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Ali Rehman
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The importance of Turk race and it's impact on different civilizations have been explored in this book Transition to being a modern country have also been highlighted All in all a must read for those who are willing to explore this topic ...more
Nick
Stopped after chapter 3. I'd like to come back to this one day when the study of Central Asia is not sullied by the memory of school. ...more
Ukpharos
Türkler dilleriyle, kültür ve tarihlerindeki bazı ortak unsurlarla tanımlanabilen,bunun dışındaysa insanı şaşırtacak kadar farklı özellikler gösteren bir halklar grubudur. Uygarlık açısından, zaman içinde derin dönüşümler geçirmişlerdir. Herhangi bir dönemde, şu ya da bu yabancı grubun onları pek de uygar görmediği olmuştur. Böyle algılanmaları, tarihsel olarak göçebe bir yaşam sürdürmelerinden kaynaklanır. Bir anlamda, Türkler Avrasya boyunca göçerken uygarlıklar arasında da göçmüşler, ama bu s ...more
Evan
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though a little light on specificities regarding Turkic interactions with the Persian world in particular, still a very fine overview, and highly recommended.
Shane Hill
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid short read of the Turkic peoples going back over 2000 years!! Excellent material here!
Joe
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Very comprehensive but also very dry. Recommend Central Asia in World History by Peter B. Golden for those who want a lighter, less detailed read.
Simon Jones
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Good as a high level overview and particularly in as much as it treated the whole sweep of Turkic history from the Xiongnu to the Huns and Bulgars to the Seljuks to the Mongols, Ottomans and Mughals to modern former Soviet Republics. So from that point of view it is comprehensive and inclusive. It focusses on big picture cultural and social/political phenomena rather than the nitty gritty of conquering hordes or specific personalities. My main complaint was that 50% of the content was focussed o ...more
Eric Dykes
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a pretty comprehensive history of the Turkic ethnic group of Northeast Central Asia, its ethnic branches, and the state of the Turkic peoples today. One can come away from this book with a good understanding of how the Turks came from the Central Asian steppes near Mongolia, and ended up with countries today such as Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Xinjiang province in China, as well as Turkic enclaves in Russia and elsewhere. What is also very intere ...more
Hasan
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the origins and development of the Turkic people. The early introduction of an analogy of a caravan with carpet traders moving from central Asia to Europe describing simultaneously, Turkic diversity and common cultural roots, paints a powerful picture of context for the reader.
It should also be highlighted that this book is written in a very formal academic style with a great amount of reference material. While offering the assurance of accuracy, t
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Cem Ertül
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
At the first glance, this book seems short considering it is about a very broad topic. But it is written very densely and thanks to the authors vast amount of knowledge, and his clever use of many different sources, it manages to successfully cover the entire turkic history. Findley is clearly an expert of the topic, instead of focusing on the Ottoman Empire, or even the Turkish Republic, he explores less known turkic states, both modern and ancient, such as the Xiongnu or Azerbaijan. This sums ...more
Robert
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good analysis of Turkic history and themes spanning throughout their existence. However, incredibly dry and academic, which makes it very inaccessible. In addition, given its scope and language, its brevity is a both a blessing and a curse... but still, it probably since been longer to flesh out the innumerable concepts discussed within its pages. If you're considering this as an introductory text.... well, just don't. ...more
Nargiz
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Each chapter of the book can be a separate book by itself. It seems like a history textbook, so it gets boring in some part. However, the titanic effort of the author to comprehend as much as possible about Turkic people shouldn’t be underestimated, and taking this into consideration, the book is really good.

I recommend “The Turks in the World History” for anyone, who would like to have a general picture about Turks.
Lauren Albert
I found the book a bit dry, especially the first half. The second half is an easier read, admittedly at least in part because the earlier history is so much more complex. But I was interested to learn how much of the Turkic lineage comes from Asia and just how large and diverse a group the Turkic people are (Findley distinguishes "Turkic" from "Turkish"--the country and its people). ...more
Nurlan Mustafayev
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Unlike Golden Peter, this author is more optimistic about the future of Turkic nations if they can tackle the legacy of Soviet institutions.

It is also interesting in that it talks about the colonization policy of Russian empire in Caucasus and the Central Asia and its impact Turk nations, state-building and their future, which is absent in Golden Peter's monumental work.
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Nick
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I gave it as high a rating as I did because it's an excellent overview of the Turks, their culture and their political development throughout history.
I was tempted to score it lower because I did bog down in some of the later chapters.
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Abdulaziz Aziz
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Small, quick reference about the History of the Turks.
Fehmi
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book i've read on the beginnings of the Turks... Highly recommended.. ...more
Bryn Hammond
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: steppe-history
Slim, 'accessible' as they say on the packet. ...more
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